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Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington
(202) 358-3749

George Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
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March 1, 2006
NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report: E06-008
Mission: Space Technology 5 (ST5)
Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch Vehicle: Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL
Launch Date: No earlier than March 14, 2006
Launch Window: 8:57:31 to 10:19:50 a.m. EST
Targeted Drop Time: 9:02 a.m. EST

The ST5 launch has been rescheduled due to the availability of the Western Range. Technicians have completed reviewing data from the spacecraft’s separation system and determined it will function as designed.

The Pegasus/ST5 combination is mated to its transporter in preparation to be moved from the hangar to the runway. The L-1011 carrier aircraft is scheduled to arrive at Vandenberg March 6.

A flight termination system test between the Pegasus and the Western Range is scheduled for March 8. The Pegasus/ST5 will be transported to the runway and mated to the L-1011 carrier aircraft on March 10. An integrated launch vehicle/spacecraft combined systems test and an ST5 state-of-health check is scheduled for March 11.

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