Corrective Actions in Hand:

The Space and Missile Systems Center believes the team of SMC, United Launch Alliance, National Reconnaissance Office, and other partners in the investigation a June 15 launch anomaly have developed the corrective actions needed to rule out a repeat problem with the rocket’s RL10 engine system cryogenic liquid hydrogen valve. The fix would be applied to both Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles. On June 15, an Atlas V boosting an NRO payload into orbit developed a performance degradation now attributed to an upper stage engine fuel leak. The corrective actions include using a different valve design that has been shown to “operate properly under the very cold temperature conditions experienced” by the Atlas V on June 15, according to an SMC release. The Air Force has shifted launch dates for two upcoming payloads using ULA’s heavy launchers—Wideband Global Satcom and Defense Support Program spacecraft.