Idaho's first satellite to make second attempt

Posted at 8:18 PM, Nov 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 07:16:55-05

In just a few hours, Idaho's first satellite will make a second attempt to blast off into orbit. 
Our Michelle Edmonds is the only Idaho reporter allowed near the launch site. She was there when the first launch attempt failed.

The window for the launch is a mere 66 seconds. Meaning if something goes wrong - NASA only has about a minute to solve the problem and still hit the green button.

And at T minus four minutes, NASA scrubbed the go for launch for Idaho's first satellite. The initial report said a vehicle alarm aboard the Delta 2 rocket triggered the countdown hold. 

"It's difficult. It's disappointing," said Stephen Parke.

An understandable response from the Northwest Nazarene University team who has worked for years to see their cube sat deployed to test plastics for 3-D printing in outer space. But it was Maker Sat Zero's biggest fan who was clearly the most emotional.

"I was hoping to see my first rocket launch," said Carson Grim.

Carson Grim made the trip to support his big brother Braden who's part of the MakerSat team.

"I came to California because I'm just was really excited. I'm really proud of my brother," Carson added.

The Melba family along with many other Idaho supporters created this makeshift mission control where they anticipate data from MakerSat to start streaming in about two hours after launch, even if that's now a day later than expected.

"We want the flight to be successful. We want the satellite to be launch successfully. So we are willing to wait and just stay positive," said Parke.

But that's not quite so easy when you're eleven. 

"You hear T minus four minutes and then it's a go, it's a go...then no go," said Carson.

The hope now is to not hear those words again tonight.

"I'm ready for round two. (laugh)," said Braden.

Because of the short launch window, NASA had always planned a backup date exactly 24 hours later.