Feeds

Dawn mission hiding out after lightning threat

Well, slightly postponed

Top three mobile application threats

Brief The threat of lightning has forced NASA to postpone the launch of the Dawn mission to the asteroid belt by 24 hours.

The warning came as engineers were preparing to fuel the Delta II rocket that will carry the probe into orbit and beyond.

The temperature of the rocket's second stage had also risen too high to allow fuelling to begin, so engineers are now pumping cool air into the aerodynamic cover, or fairing, to get the temperature back down to 58 of those American degrees Fahrenheit. That is 14.5°C in real money.

The mission is due to launch on Sunday 8 July atop a Delta II rocket, and the countdown dress rehearsal is due to start today, Friday.

But the prospects are not great for Sunday's launch: weather forecasters say there is a 60 per cent chance that conditions will not meet those required by the space agency's stringent safety guidelines. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning
Power levels up 70 per cent as the rover keeps on truckin'
LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane
Our Vulture 2 livery is wrapped, and it's les noix du mutt
Liftoff! SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon on third resupply mission to ISS
SpaceX snaps smartly into one-second launch window
KILLER ROBOTS, DNA TAMPERING and PEEPING CYBORGS: the future looks bright!
Americans optimistic about technology despite being afraid of EVERYTHING
R.I.P. LADEE: Probe smashes into lunar surface at 3,600mph
Swan dive signs off successful science mission
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.