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Space Jams

You may have noticed that our launch date keeps changing. I was originally under the impression that launch dates would only always be delayed, not moved up, primarily because there are a number of processes that take a significant amount of time which must be completed prior to launch. That is why in an earlier blog I told you about the NET date, ‘No Earlier Than’. Well in the past couple of months, our spaceflight has moved from June 2016, to August 2016, to December 2016, and now back to August 2016. When I asked why the launch was delayed from August until December I was told it was because there was too much traffic in space (Soyuz schedule etc.).  Who would have thought there would be enough activity in space to cause traffic scheduling conflicts. Almost every day I find I am learning something new.




Written by Melissa Kacena

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