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- Space Shuttles May Fly for Another 40 Years

- First Proton Launches After July Failure

- First Sea Launch Will Happen in October

SPACE SHUTTLES MAY FLY FOR ANOTHER 40 YEARS

As work on the X-33 shuttle replacement is starting to slip behind,

Dana Rohrabacher, Chairman of the US House of Representatives Science

Committee has stated that NASA is planning to upgrade and operate

the Space Shuttle for another 40 years.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_440000/440006.stm

FIRST Proton LAUNCHES AFTER JULY FAILURE

Russia celebrated its first Proton rocket launch today after a long

hiatus starting in July when a Proton crashed into central Kazakhstan

carrying a Russian military satellite. This recent, and successful,

Proton launch carried two communications satellites Yamal 101 and

Yamal 102 into geostationary orbit.

http://www.flatoday.com/space/today/090799f.htm

FIRST SEA LAUNCH WILL HAPPEN IN OCTOBER

Although a Ukrainian space officials quoted that the first commercial

use of the Sea Launch facility would happen September 28th, officials

from the company that developed the DIRECTV 1-R satellite stated that

the launch would actually happen in October - there's just too much

preparation work to be done.

http://www.spaceviews.com/1999/09/06a.html



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