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J.D. Harrington
Headquarters, Washington
Phone: (202) 358-5241

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Phone: (321) 867-2468

Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
MISSION: Space Technology 5 (ST5)
LAUNCH SITE: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
LAUNCH VEHICLE: Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL
LAUNCH DATE: No earlier than March 6, 2006
LAUNCH WINDOW: 8:57:31 a.m. to 10:19:50 a.m. EST
TARGETED DROP TIME: 9:02 a.m. EST (6:02 a.m. PST)

The ST5 launch has been rescheduled to no earlier than March 6. The delay allows time for review of data from the spacecraft's separation system to ensure it will function when intended during the flight.

  • The Pegasus/ST5 combination was mated to the transporter on Monday as planned.

  • Transportation to the runway for mating to the L-1011 carrier aircraft is scheduled for March 2.

  • An integrated launch vehicle/spacecraft combined systems test and an ST5 state-of-health check is scheduled for March 3.

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