Nov. 4, 2004
NASA Reschedules Dart Spacecraft Launch
NASA has rescheduled the Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology (DART) spacecraft launch for Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004, from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Calif. The seven-minute launch window opens at 1:07:40 p.m. EST.
DART, launched onboard an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket, provides a key step in establishing autonomous rendezvous capabilities in support of the U.S. space program's Vision for Space Exploration. While astronauts have piloted previous rendezvous and docking efforts, the unmanned DART spacecraft has only computers and sensors to perform all of its rendezvous functions.
Launch coverage on NASA TV begins at noon EST. NASA TV is available on the Web and via satellite in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. For NASA TV information and schedules on the Internet, visit:
The NASA News Center for DART is at VAFB. It opens Monday morning and may be reached at: 805/605-3051.
For information about NASA, DART, and other agency programs on the Web, visit:
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