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ST5 Micro-Sat Launch Pushed Back To At Least Wednesday

The Pegasus rocket is secured to the hull of the L-1011 and fueled before takeoff. Designed by Orbital Sciences, the Pegasus specializes in boosting payloads weighing less than 1,000 pounds into space. Credit: NASA
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Vandenberg AFB CA (SPX) Mar 17, 2006
Mission controllers said Friday the second launch attempt of the Pegasus rocket carrying the three micro-satellites in NASA's Space Technology 5 mission will be made no earlier than March 22 � and probably later.

The first launch attempt March 15 was called off after a locking pin failed to retract aboard the Pegasus just prior to the rocket's release from the L-1011 lifting aircraft. Orbital Sciences Corporation, the rocket's manufacturer and owner of the L-1011, and NASA engineers are working to determine and correct the problem, the officials said in a statement.

The ST5 mission is part of NASA's New Millennium project, which was established to test micro-sats such as the three carried by the Pegasus to test and validate new technologies for future low-cost science missions.

The three ST5 spacecraft, to be launched into a polar orbit, are designed to collect data on Earth's magnetic field for at least 90 days.

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Reston VA (SPX) Mar 17, 2006
ICO North America (ICO) announced that it has signed an agreement to launch its geostationary satellite on an Atlas V rocket provided by International Launch Services (ILS). The Atlas V is manufactured by Lockheed Martin, which is a partner in the ILS joint venture.

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