Launch failure not expected to affect NASA deal, rocket builder says

03/7/2011 |

Orbital Sciences Corp. says the launch failure of NASA's Glory climate satellite on Friday likely won't have a serious affect on other unmanned cargo delivery flights that the company has planned in a separate $1.9 billion deal with NASA. The Taurus XL booster rocket's nose-cone fairing failed to open as designed minutes after a smooth liftoff, and the booster and $424 million satellite apparently crashed into the Pacific Ocean, according to NASA.

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