Taurus XL lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Exposure: 59 seconds @ f/3.5
Camera/Lens: Fuji S2, DSLR, Nikon 18-200mm.
Location: Goleta, California.
A Taurus XL rocket carrying a NASA climate-probing satellite payload and three hitchhikers successfully lifted off Friday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California at 2:09am PST. However, 300 seconds into the launch a shroud separation malfunction has failed to place the payloads into orbit.NASA's Glory spacecraft was be placed in a polar orbit to study how atmospheric particles called aerosols and the Sun's energy influence Earth's climate. The remote-sensing Earth-orbiting observatory was designed to achieve two primary mission objectives:
The Explorer 1 [PRIME] (E1P) was a Montana Space Grant Consortium Cubesat-class satellite in development by the Space Science and Engineering Laboratory (SSEL) at Montana State University. Hermes is a University of Colorado research satellite that was designed to study fluctuations in the sun's brightness and its impact on Earth's climate. The KySat-1 satellite was to collect telemetry, take photographs, transfer data to and from the spacecraft using APRS type packets, and serve as a HAM V/U FM digital transceiver.
This is the second launch failure of the system since 2009.