Poor weather further delays NASA balloon launch

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Wellington, April 17: NASA has postponed its fifth attempt to launch a giant stadium-sized super pressure balloon SPB from Wanaka, New Zealand, due to poor weather.

The wind was again unsuitable to launch the balloon at the latest scheduled launch time of 7.50 a.m on Monday, the reports said.

NASA has postponed its fifth attempt to launch SPB's due to poor weather. Photo credit: NASA

"The wind direction on Monday shifted toward the west, which ultimately led to cancellation after hours of waiting for the winds to align," said mission director Gabe Garde.

NASA will continue to assess the weather daily to determine if conditions will support a launch attempt.

The balloon is designed to carry a pioneering telescope to detect ultra-high-energy cosmic rays from near space. The purpose of the flight is to test and validate the SPB technology with the goal of long-duration flight at mid-latitudes.


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