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NFIRE (Near-Field Infrared Experiment) is scheduled as the second orbital launch from the Wallops Flight Facility within five months, coming on the heels of TacSat-2. Two such launches in this timeframe from the small range on Virginia’s Eastern Shore is ambitious. NFIRE is benefiting from lessons from TacSat-2, but problematic systems and other issues threaten the NFIRE launch, and could lead to destacking and launch delay. With the Range Readiness Review the next day, and launch two weeks away, the Range chief is prioritizing the issues in preparation for making a “ready” or “not ready” decision.
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