Rockets and oil platforms

Earlier this month, Canadian news media began to report a threat to oil and gas facilities on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland and Labrador. The US Air Force Space Command planned to launch what is to be the last Titan IVB rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The flight path follows the Atlantic seaboard, and engineers warn that a 10,000-ton solid rocket booster section will fall in a launch hazard area near the Hibernia platform; the Terra Nova floating production, storage, and offloading unit; and a semisubmersible drilling at White Rose.The initial launch date, Apr. 11, has been postponed several times, apparently due to problems with ground equipment.The unmanned Titan IVB rocket is to ca...

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