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Chandra Delay Announced.
- Businessman May Pay for Mir Flight
- IKONOS Goes Missing
- Chandra Delay Announced
- Next Delta Launch Attempt Scheduled
BUSINESSMAN MAY PAY FOR MIR FLIGHT
To help cover maintenance costs, Russian officials have agreed to
let a British businessman pay $100 million for a week-long trip on
the Mir spacestation. There is some confusion about the status of the
deal, though, and it could have been prematurely announced by eager
IKONOS GOES MISSING
Technicians lost contact with the IKONOS high-resolution imaging satellite
shortly after liftoff. The satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, was launched
from Vandenberg Air Base on an Athena II rocket, and it's unknown whether
the satellite made it to orbit intact.
CHANDRA DELAY ANNOUNCED
Because it was designed to use the same Inertial Upper Stage as the Air Force's
misplaced satellite, NASA has decided to delay the launch of the Chandra X-Ray
Observatory until a detailed investigation has been completed. Chandra was
originally planned for launch July 9th.
NEXT DELTA LAUNCH ATTEMPT SCHEDULED
In the ongoing soap opera of launch attempts to get the Orion 3 satellite into
orbit, Boeing has rescheduled the Cape Canaveral facility for May 3rd. This will
be their 4th attempt to loft the satellite - a software glitch aborted the
Delta III rocket from firing last time.
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