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Delta II COSMO-SkyMed 4 mission rescheduled for Nov. 4

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Note: The following statement was provided by United Launch Alliance.

The launch of Delta II COSMO-SkyMed 4 (Constellation of Small Satellites for Mediterranean basin Observation) mission is rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 4 with a launch time of 7:20 p.m. PDT. During the terminal launch countdown on Tuesday, at approximately one minute before launch, mission managers noted a low second stage battery voltage reading. This battery is used to power the electrical systems on the Delta II second stage during flight.

To allow for crew rest after three straight days of launch attempts and engineers the time required to correct this issue, the next launch attempt is scheduled for Nov. 4. Updates to the COSMO SkyMed-4 mission status will be issued as new information becomes available. United Launch Alliance provides the Delta II launch vehicle and mission services under a commercial launch service contract administered by Boeing Launch Services for Thales Alenia Space-Italia (TAS-I).