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Universe Today #90, September 1st, 1999

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  • Frits Westra
    the U N I V E R S E T O D A YSpace Exploration News From Around the Internet, Updated Every Weekday. September 1st, 1999 - Issue #90
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      Space Exploration News From Around the Internet, Updated Every Weekday.
      September 1st, 1999 - Issue #90
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      Space News from SpaceDaily.com for today

      Arianespace Flight 120 Scheduled For Sept 3
      http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/ariane-99k.html

      Sandia and Maxwell To Develop Radiation Hardened Pentium
      http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/radiation-99e.html

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      -- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --

      * Sea Launch Approaching
      * Kazakhstan Launch Ban Lifted
      * Mir Crew Concerned About Safety of the Station
      * Delta 2 Upgrade Planned


      SEA LAUNCH APPROACHING
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      After an initial test launch earlier this year, engineers at Boeing
      are eagerly looking forward to the first commercial launch from the
      Sea Launch facility - a platform floating in the Pacific Ocean near
      the equator. The platform will launch a Ukrainian Zenit-3SL carrying
      a Hughes communications satellite on September 28th.

      http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9908/31/space.ukraine.sealaunch.reut/index.html


      KAZAKHSTAN LAUNCH BAN LIFTED
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      Kazakhstan officials have finally approved the Baikonur cosmodrome
      to continue launching Russian rockets again. This decision came when
      Moscow paid compensation after one of its boosters crashed,
      scattering debris over the country.

      http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9908/31/space.russia.kazakhstan.reut/index.html
      http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/083199/rocket.sml


      MIR CREW CONCERNED ABOUT SAFETY OF THE STATION
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      Now safely on the ground, the most recent, and last, crew of the Mir
      spacestation are concerned that without a crew on board, the station
      could spin dangerously out of control. They fear it could lose a
      significant amount of cabin pressure and make work for the cleanup
      team - who'll pilot the station into the atmosphere - very difficult
      in the uninhabitable station.

      http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/083099/mir.sml
      http://www.msnbc.com/news/303767.asp


      DELTA 2 UPGRADE PLANNED
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      Engineers at Boeing are working to upgrade a Delta 2 rocket to be
      capable of carrying a special payload - the Space Infrared Telescope
      Facility (SIRTF). This will be the fifth and final launch in NASA's
      Great Observatories program. The rocket will have 10 percent more
      launch capacity than a standard Delta 2 when it launches in late 2001.

      http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/delta2-99d.html

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