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17-Jan-03 | Delta flight 294 – ICESAT / CHIPSAT

After a one-day delay caused by a faulty helium valve unit in a piece of ground support equipment, Delta flight 294 launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in the evening of Sunday, 12 January, 2003 (official launch time was 00:45:00.102 UTC on 13-Jan-03). The two-stage Delta II successfully placed ICESAT and its co-payload CHIPSAT in their proper orbits. As this author had the misfortune to be incommunicado during the launch, readers interested in a play-by-play of the launch are advised to check out Justin Ray’s coverage at Spaceflight Now.

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