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17-Aug-99 | Delta flight 274 – Globalstar-6

Delta 274 launched from Cape Canaveral at 00:37:41.193 EDT on 17 August, taking four Globalstar satellites to orbit. Boeing has declared a new record for the greatest number of satellites launched in the shortest period of time: 17 sats in 68 days. Sixteen of these have been for Globalstar; two more launches will be on Deltas while the remainder of their constellation will be flown aboard Soyuz rockets.

16-Aug-99 | Stardust goes into safe mode twice

Stardust is in good health despite two safe-mode events within the past few weeks. The explanation is rife with acronyms but has to do with a software error causing problems with navigational star camera communications. Stardust, the fourth mission* in the NASA Discovery Program, will fly close to comet Wild-2 and will be the first spacecraft to return cometary material to Earth for analysis. It was launched aboard Delta 266 on 7 February, 1999.



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