Where will the satellite be launched?


The satellite will be launched on March 25, 2000 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, California. A Delta 7326, 'Med-Lite' vehicle will be used, provided by Orbital Sciences Corporation which is a Taurus-class vehicle with a Star 37FM upper stage, two Castor IVB strap-on motors, and a 2.3-meter fairing. The launch will be from Pad SLC-2W, at 18:00 Universal Time. The time between lift-off and orbit insertion will take 55 minutes.

The Delta 7326, manufactured by Boeing, costs about $25 million and will be used to launch the Deep Space 1 satellite for a planned flyby of the asteroid 1992KD in July, 1999.


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