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Mir Crew Concerned About Safety of the Station.
Space News from SpaceDaily.com for today
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- Sea Launch Approaching
- Kazakhstan Launch Ban Lifted
- Mir Crew Concerned About Safety of the Station
- Delta 2 Upgrade Planned
SEA LAUNCH APPROACHING
After an initial test launch earlier this year, engineers at Boeing
are eagerly looking forward to the first commercial launch from the
Sea Launch facility - a platform floating in the Pacific Ocean near
the equator. The platform will launch a Ukrainian Zenit-3SL carrying
a Hughes communications satellite on September 28th.
KAZAKHSTAN LAUNCH BAN LIFTED
Kazakhstan officials have finally approved the Baikonur cosmodrome
to continue launching Russian rockets again. This decision came when
Moscow paid compensation after one of its boosters crashed,
scattering debris over the country.
MIR CREW CONCERNED ABOUT SAFETY OF THE STATION
Now safely on the ground, the most recent, and last, crew of the Mir
spacestation are concerned that without a crew on board, the station
could spin dangerously out of control. They fear it could lose a
significant amount of cabin pressure and make work for the cleanup
team - who'll pilot the station into the atmosphere - very difficult
in the uninhabitable station.
DELTA 2 UPGRADE PLANNED
Engineers at Boeing are working to upgrade a Delta 2 rocket to be
capable of carrying a special payload - the Space Infrared telescope
Facility (SIRTF). This will be the fifth and final launch in NASA's
Great Observatories program. The rocket will have 10 percent more
launch capacity than a standard Delta 2 when it launches in late 2001.
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