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KSC Release: 91-04
Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

Swift Launch Further Postponed

Launch of NASA's Swift spacecraft aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket has been delayed again due to continued concerns with Range Command-Receiver Decoder equipment on the launch vehicle.

Earlier today launch had been set for no earlier than Thursday. Following a Wednesday evening management meeting, it was determined a launch on Thursday was no longer viable due to the additional time required to continue assessments of the problem with the command receiver on the Delta vehicle.

The launch team will continue analysis through the night, leaving open the possibility of a launch as early as Friday, Nov. 19.

The management team will meet again Thursday afternoon to confirm the earliest practical launch date based on the most recent engineering assessments.

For up-to-date status, media can call the KSC codephone at 321-867-2525.

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