Launch of carbon-seeking satellite is unsuccessful
NASA is investigating the reason for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory failure.
Provided by NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
February 24, 2009
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite failed to reach orbit after its 4:55 a.m. EST liftoff Tuesday, February 24, 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.