Mission: Atlas V – RBSP

Atlas V401
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral
August 30th 2012
08:05 UTC
Successful Launch


An Atlas V rocket carrying the Radiation Belt Storm Probes for the NASA successfully launched August 30th 2012 at 08:05 UTC. Launch occurred from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Launch was scrubbed on August 24th 2012 due to a beacon indication issue. Launch was then scrubbed August 25th due to weather. A decision to roll back the vehicle due to Tropical Storm Isaac was announced August 25th.

The probes will study dynamic regions of space known as the Van Allen Radiation Belts that surround Earth. Understanding the radiation belt environment and its variability has important practical applications in the areas of spacecraft operations, spacecraft system design, mission planning and astronaut safety.



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