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David Steitz
NASA Headquarters
(Phone: 202/358-1600)

George H. Diller
NASA Kennedy Space Center
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

Robert Villanueva
Boeing Expendable Launch Systems
(Phone: 714/372-2089)

Dec. 17, 2002
RELEASE : 02-253
ICESat/CHIPSat Launch Rescheduled
The launch of NASA's ICESat and CHIPSat spacecraft, aboard a Boeing Delta II expendable launch vehicle, has been postponed.

During a review of test data, a problem within an ordnance box was found. The difficulty is associated with the signal the unit provides for launch vehicle devices to unlatch and separate the payload fairing. The removal and replacement of this unit, and the associated retest, will take approximately two weeks.

The launch is targeted to occur no earlier than January 8, 2003, if the work can be successfully completed, as planned.


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