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Archive for November, 1999

10-Nov-99 | ICO returns to schedule

Three of five ICO flights expected in 2000 have returned to the schedule, following the announcement that a group of investors led by Teledesic will be providing up to $1.2 billion to the beleaguered company over the next year. The investment is a win-win situation for the two companies: it allows ICO to pull itself out of Chapter 11, and enables Teledesic to begin building its constellation of “Internet-in-the-sky” satellites earlier than originally planned.

04-Nov-99 | MPL on course

Mars Polar Lander and Deep Space 2 completed a minor course correction burn on 30 October and are on course for arrival at Mars on 3 December. MPL will soft-land near the Martian south pole to study climate history and composition of the polar ice cap. DS-2 consists of two micro-probes which will impact Mars and penetrate to a depth of up to one metre in order to analyse sub-surface soil.

04-Nov-99 | Schedule update

As expected, the launch of NASA’s Earth Observing-1, an advanced land imaging mission that is part of the New Millenium Program, has slipped into April 2000. The next Delta launch will be another batch of Globalstar satellites, to fly from Cape Canaveral on 27 January. This will be the longest hiatus for the Delta program since 1995.



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