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10-Jul-04 | Aura delay

Aura has been delayed by a few days due to two unrelated hardware issues. First, an “industry-wide alert” forced a paperwork trace on some transistors installed in the spacecraft. The launch was pushed to Sunday morning, 11 July, when the transistors were given a clean bill of health. Then an connector on the Delta payload fairing, part of the separation ordnance system that divides and jettisons the fairing during flight, was found to be mis-aligned. The launch from Vandenberg AFB on the central California coast is now set for no earlier than 13 July.


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