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24-Jun-99 | Delta flight 271 – FUSE

NASA’s FUSE spacecraft is now in orbit, thanks to the flawless and on-time launch of Delta 271. The 7320-10C vehicle lifted off on 24 June from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-17A at 11:43:59.879 a.m. EDT and deployed its payload about 76 minutes later. The terminal count was incredibly smooth and only suffered a 5 minute delay thanks to the Cape’s usual suspect — a boat in the debris impact zone. Following solar panel deployment, FUSE Project Manager Dennis McCarthy said that the flight was “a joyful ride” and called Delta II “the best way to get there.” FUSE will provide high-resolution spectroscopy in the far ultraviolet range of the spectrum, never before possible, allowing scientists to address fundamental questions about the chemical evolution of the Universe.

24-Jun-99 | Mars lander at risk of cancellation

According to an alert published by The Planetary Society, the Mars Surveyor 2001 Lander mission is in danger of being cancelled due to budgetary constraints, despite the fact that the project is on schedule and within budget. There is no word from NASA at present. The lander is intended to be launched aboard a Delta II in April 2001.

23-Jun-99 | Globalstar vehicle stacking

At Canaveral, on Pad B, the vehicle for the next Globalstar mission is being stacked. Booster motors are mounted, and the second stage was hoisted into place on Tuesday. Launch is in less than 0 days.

15-Jun-99 | Delta flight 270 – Globalstar-3

The third Globalstar mission aboard a Delta II was successfully launched on 10 June, at 13:48 UTC. All four satellites were properly dispensed into their proper orbits. Three more Globalstar launches are scheduled in the next 3 months. One of these, Globalstar-5, is slated to carry the next “videoroc,” or on-board launch camera. Thursday’s launch commentary was provided by Marc “Moose” Lavigne, in his debut as Boeing’s on-air talent.



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