TS News - Upcoming Pegasus Launch

TELE-satellit News, 22 October 1996

Upcoming Pegasus Launch

  DALLAS, Texas, USA, 96/10/10 (SJI Newswire) -- The launch of the Satelite
de Aplicaciones Cientificas (SAC-B) and the High Energy Transient Experiment
(HETE) spacecraft aboard a Orbital Sciences Corp. Pegasus XL vehicle is
scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1996, during a 51-minute window which
extends from 11:58 a.m. through 12:49 p.m. EST.  Launch is targeted to occur
at 12:20 p.m. EST over the Atlantic Ocean approximately 50 miles off the
Eastern Shore of Virginia.

  SAC-B is an international cooperative project between NASA and Argentina's
National Commission of Space Activities (CONAE).  The satellite is designed
to advance the study of solar physics and astrophysics through examination
of solar flares, gamma ray bursts, diffuse cosmic X-ray background and
energetic neutral atoms. HETE is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology led
mission to study gamma-ray bursts.

  There will be live coverage of the Pegasus launch on NASA Television on
Spacenet 2, Transponder 5, Channel 9, located at 69 degrees West longitude.

  10:00am Replay of the October 21 science briefing 
  11:00am Launch commentary begins with L-1011 departure
  12:30am Spacecraft deployment (approx time)

  By: Gary Torrens
  Source: Satellite Journal

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