A Lockheed Martin Anomaly Investigation Team has released a preliminary finding that confirms an electrical malfunction was responsible for failure of a payload shroud-separation sequence during an Athena II launch Apr. 27. Backing an earlier report by Aviation Week&Space Technology, the team acknowledged that ordnance designed to split the clamshell-like payload fairing laterally did not fire, because the structure deflected enough to open redundant connectors, preventing a ...

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