Iridium launch delayed

JRBURCA (JRBURCA@aol.com)
Fri, 24 Apr 1998 22:54:40 EDT

Forwarding the following FYI.
-- Jake Rees

<< Technical Problem Delays Boeing Delta II Launch For Iridium(R) System
    Satellites
 
     HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The detection of
 vapor during the loading of propellant on the upper stage of a Boeing
 (NYSE: BA)  Delta II rocket has delayed Sunday's, April 26, launch for the
 Iridium system from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.  A new launch date
 will be established as soon as the issue is resolved. 
     The Iridium system is a global wireless communications network that
 will combine the worldwide reach of 66 low-Earth-orbit satellites with
 land-based wireless systems to enable subscribers to communicate using
 handheld telephones and pagers virtually anywhere in the world. 
     Iridium(R) is a registered trademark and service mark of Iridium LLC. 
 
 SOURCE  The Boeing Company
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    Iridium Launch Delayed (Nasdaq: IRIDF) 
 
     WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunday's, April 26, launch of
 five Iridium satellites by a Delta II rocket was delayed due to a
 detection of vapor during the loading of propellant on the upper stage of
 the launch vehicle.  A new launch date will be released as soon as the
 issue is resolved. 
     Iridium LLC is developing and commercializing a global wireless
 communications network that will combine the worldwide reach of 66
 low-earth-orbit satellites with land-based wireless systems to enable
 subscribers to communicate using handheld telephones and pagers virtually
 anywhere in the world.  Iridium World Communications, Ltd. (Nasdaq: IRIDF)
 is the public investment vehicle of Iridium LLC. 
    Motorola's Satellite Communications Group is the prime contractor for
 the Iridium System.  The Iridium System is owned by Iridium LLC, an
 international consortium of 20 investor organizations representing leading
 telecommunications and industrial companies worldwide. 
 
 SOURCE  Iridium LLC     >>