Poor Weather Scrubs Artorius One Test Launch
Poor weather in the Artorius Launch Facility area near [redacted] forced Artorius flight controllers to scrub the launch ofArtorius One, the prototype rocket for the Artorius Castus missile shield.
[Redacted] 271951Z 05005KT 1/2SM R30R/3500V5500FT FG OVC003 02/01 A3010 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 3/4 DZE46 SLP199 P0000 T00220011
[redacted] 271854Z 271918 33007KT 2SM BR OVC004
TEMPO 1921 1/4SM FG OVC001
FM2100 35007KT 2SM BR OVC004
TEMPO 2124 4SM BR OVC007
FM0000 04007KT 5SM BR OVC007
FM0600 08006KT 5SM BR OVC007
FM1500 08006KT 5SM -RA BR OVC007
TEMPO 1518 2SM -RA BR
As noted in the latest forecast for [redacted], conditions will remain poor for the next 24 hours. The latest report is what made the decision final to scrub.
Somehow news of the test had leaked and it is known that the Chinese were in position to try and watch the second stage separation. They were loitering in an area believed to them to be the track of the ballistic missile. Fortunately, the Navy was nearby to interdict them, forcing them to surface.
The Russians too, were in position to watch the separation of the second stage of the Artorius One. The stage has been a closely guarded secret by the Artorius R&D department. I didn’t even know about it until last night, but it has been production for six months!
Artorius Pilots make Aircraft 460 “dark”, after learning the launch was scrubbed. They were to fly our own scientists to watch the separation.
Artorius One the launch pad at [redacted] when the descion was made to scrub the launch.
Artorius One back in the bunker at the Artorius Space Flight Center.
Unless forecasts indicate a considerable clearing in the next 36 hours, the launch will be postponed until next week. Stay tuned to Artorius for live footage of the eventual launch..