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A propellant valve has failed to close, so another hold. But they've seen it before and know how to clear it. So, fingers still crossed...

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I suspect we're not going to see a launch today.

If it hadn't been for that sod in the boat, they'd have launched before the winds got up...

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Are they likely to be in trouble for entering the area? :hmmm: I'm sure there's a few NASA guys that would like to strangle them right now :unsure:

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Once you start getting holds, problems start building. A lot of the problems seem to me to be linked to the fact that the extreme cold of the Liquid Hydrogen starts causing problems with moving parts - such as valves.

I can't help wonder if they would have such problems if the first stages of these rockets used kerosene as their fuel - like the old Saturns. I can't recall any Saturn launches suffering such delays.

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The valve problem would still have held things up once the countdown had got to that stage but the boat issue did eat up a fair chunk into tha available launch window.

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I'm not so sure. It's the holds that cause the problems that lead to valve issues. If they had been able to go at 12.05 I reckon the valves would not have been problematic.

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Looks like they are planning on overriding the automatic "Hold" that kicks in if the wind exceeds the limits. They are going for a manual instruction based on 19 knot winds.

Bloody computers.

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Can't think why but I found the whole thing rather nail biting!

Anyone know what time tomorrow?

Graham

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That's good news... sorry I missed it, but I was elsewhere. The video made up for it though - would have liked to see the abort rocket leaving the ship though :)

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