NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration Launch Scrubbed Because of Rocket Fuel Leak

Atlas V Rocket Launch Cape Canaveral

Launch of an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on May 18, 2021. Credit: United Launch Alliance

The December 5 launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 551 rocket carrying the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Space Test Program 3 (STP-3) mission has been scrubbed. During initial operations, a leak was discovered in the Rocket-Propellant-1 (RP-1) ground storage system. Launch of the mission – which hosts NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) and the NASA-U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Ultraviolet Spectro-Coronagraph (UVSC) Pathfinder – is now scheduled for Monday, December 6, at 4:04 a.m. EST.

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