Wednesday, September 10, 2003


...and you feel bad when you drop your cellphone. The NOAA N-Prime spacecraft, lying on the floor of the test chamber after it was dropped off a cart on Saturday. You can bet that there is someone who works at Lockheed-Martin's Sunnyvale facility is now having anxious, sleepless nights.

NOAA N-Prime would have been launched in 2008 as the last of a long series of polar orbiting weather satellites (POES). Interestingly, some of the refurbished Air Force Titan 2 ICBMs from the US strategic nuclear forces have been used to launch the NOAA satellites.