RL10 performance was nominal in last week's launch as investigators acknowledge fuel leak in fall mission
A probe into an upper-stage low-thrust anomaly during an October GPS launch has verified that a leak occurred in the RL10B-2 engine. But, a root cause continues to elude investigators, and satellite owners are proceeding with Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) missions only if they are willing to accept any extra risk resulting from the unknowns surrounding the incident. Engineers have a precise time line of what occurred as a result of the leak in the Centaur upper stage during ...
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