TOMS Launch Delay (UPDATED INFORMATION) (fwd)

Larry Klaes (larryk@ns.village.com)
Mon, 1 Jul 1996 15:41:35 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Sun, 30 Jun 1996 14:47:35 -0400
From:WSpaceport@aol.com
To: Southern California Space List <so-cal-space@LunaCity.com>
Subject: TOMS Launch Delay (UPDATED INFORMATION)

Subj:  TOMS Launch Delay
Date:  96-06-30  11:47:25 PDT
From: Jim Spellman (National Space Society/Western Spaceport Chapter)
TO:    All Media Contacts

The launch of the Pegasus XL/TOMS (Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer) from
Vandenberg AFB has been postponed a minimum of another 48 hours to Tuesday
morning.

The mission was delayed after a problem developed Thursday during a combined
system test of the Pegasus XL rocket and the Bakersfield-based L-1011Carrier
Aircraft known as "Stargazer."  The test, designed to assure that all
electrical connections are working, revealed a problem with a wiring harness
associated with sending launch commands from the aircraft to the rocket.

As of Saturday morning, the problem was identified as a faulty connector on a
cable harness.  That harness and two others will be replaced.

The launch has now been re-scheduled for no earlier then Tuesday morning at
12:46 a.m.  A Vandenberg weather officer said there is a 60% chance of bad
weather in the Western Test Range for Monday's launch attempt over the
Pacific Ocean.

A recorded report is available by dialing the the NASA-KSC Vandenberg
Resident Office at (805) 734-8232, Ext 5-3456.

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EDITOR'S NOTE:  Vice President Al Gore is also scheduled to announce the
winner of the X-33 Reusable Launch Vehicle at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
in Pasadena at 12:15 p.m. PDT on Tuesday.

The announcement and follow-up press conference (at 1:15 p.m. PDT) with NASA
Administrator Daniel S. Golden and former astronaut Gary Payton, director of
NASA's Reusable Launch Vehicle Program, will be carried on NASA Television
via Spacenet-2, transponder 5, channel 9, at 69 degrees West longitude,
frequency 3880.0 MHz, audio 6.8 Mhz.

The three-year, $1Billion contract could impact Kern County in Southern
California if the Palmdale/Lancaster/Edwards AFB location is selected for the
flight testing of the possible successor to the space shuttle (White Sands
Space Harbor in New Mexico, and the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in
Florida are the other competitors).

Media planning to attend the event at JPL must contact the Vice President's
press office for accreditation.  Requests should be made on your News
organization's letterhead and faxed to Mr. Corey Black at (310) 458-5347.

The phone number for the Vice President's press office for this event is
(310) 458-4287.

As a reminder, I leave for New Mexico tomorrow morning (Monday) through July
8.  If you need to contact me for comments after Tuesday's announcement, I
can be reached via SkyTel at 1-800-SKYPAGE (PIN#3871751).

Regards,

Jim Spellman