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Pegasus Rocket Launches NASA Satellite.
October 9, 2000
High Winds Delay Shuttle Launch
Ariane Launches Japanese Satellite
Pegasus Rocket Launches NASA Satellite
Boeing Completes Acquisition of Hughes satellite Division
HIGH WINDS DELAY SHUTTLE LAUNCH
High winds at Cape Canaveral have forced Space Shuttle technicians to delay Discovery's launch for a day. Friday's delay, which was caused by a sluggish valve in the engine and an exposed bolt were resolved over the weekend, and the shuttle was ready to launch. When it finally does launch (hopefully on Tuesday evening), Discovery and its crew will spend 11 days in space, including a visit to the International Space Station to transfer supplies and install the Z-1 truss.
ARIANE LAUNCHES JAPANESE SATELLITE
An Ariane 42L rocket successfully launched a Japanese telecommunications satellite on Friday from Europe's Spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana. The enhanced rocket, equipped with two external liquid boosters, took off at exactly 11:00pm GMT and placed its cargo, a Lockheed Martin N-SAT-110 satellite, into a geosynchronous transfer orbit 20 minutes later.
PEGASUS ROCKET LAUNCHES NASA SATELLITE
A Pegasus booster successfully launched a NASA gamma ray satellite on Monday, after delays caused by communications equipment. The unique Pegasus rocket is carried into the air on the underside of an L-1011 aircraft, then it detaches and completes the rest of the flight into orbit - this technique reduces the amount of fuel the rocket needs to carry. Its payload, the High energy Transient Explorer 2 (HETE-2) is dedicated to detecting gamma ray bursts.
BOEING COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF HUGHES satellite DIVISION
Boeing announced on Friday that it had passed the final hurdle on its way to acquire the satellite business from Hughes Aircraft. The $3.75 billion deal turns the former Hughes division into Boeing satellite Systems, part of the company's Space and Communications group. Regulators in the United States and Europe only gave their approval to the deal last month.
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