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Proton Launch Of Nimiq 4 Satellite Postponed

The Nimiq 4 satellite.
by Staff Writers
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (SPX) Sep 18, 2008
The launch of a Proton launch vehicle with the Nimiq 4 satellite was postponed for 24 hours to replace an avionics unit on the first stage of the Proton M rocket which showed anomalous signature during routine testing.

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center and International Launch Services plan to make another attempt at 3:48 on 20 September local time in Baikonur (17:48 EDT 19 September).

The satellite is being launched for Telesat.

The delay was called after a component malfunction was detected in the LV control system during preflight testing.

The faulty component will be replaced and undergo thorough integrated retest prior to flight.

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Orbital Completes Minotaur IV Launch Vehicle Pathfinder Operations
Dulles VA (SPX) Sep 18, 2008
Orbital Sciences has announced that it has completed the full-scale "pathfinder" ground operations of the Minotaur IV space launch vehicle in preparation for its inaugural flight that is currently scheduled to take place in early 2009.

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