February 24, 2009
PASADENA -- NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite failed to reach
orbit after its 1:55 a.m. PST liftoff Tuesday from California's
Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Preliminary indications are that the fairing on the Taurus XL launch vehicle failed to separate. The fairing is a clamshell structure that encapsulates the satellite as it travels through the atmosphere.
A Mishap Investigation Board will be immediately convened to determine the cause of the launch failure.
For more information, visit:
Alan Buis 818-653-8339
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
Steve Cole 202-657-2194
NASA Headquarters, Washington
George Diller 805-605-3051
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.