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Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington
Phone: (202) 358-3749

George H. Diller
NASA Resident Office
Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Phone: (805) 605-3051

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 14, 2006
LAUNCH WINDOW: 8:57:31 a.m. to 10:19:50 a.m. EST (5:56:31 a.m. - 7:19:50 a.m. PST)
TARGETED DROP TIME: 9:02 a.m. EST (6:02 a.m. PST)

The Pegasus rocket with ST5 was transported today from the hangar to the L-1011 ramp area next to the runway on north Vandenberg. The rocket is being mated to the Orbital Sciences L-1011 carrier aircraft.

A combined systems test is scheduled for Saturday. The integrated test between the Pegasus vehicle and the L-1011 will ensure all connections have been established and all systems are functioning properly. A state-of-health check of the ST5 is also scheduled.

The Launch Readiness Review is scheduled for March 12. The four-hour, 40-minute countdown for launch is scheduled to begin at 4:20 a.m. EST, March 14, leading to launch at 9:02 a.m. EST.

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