Reason for NROL 28 launch delay

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Date: Fri Feb 29 2008 - 17:44:01 UTC

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    Spysat Debris Delays New Satellite's Launch
    Tariq Malik
    Senior Editor Thu Feb 28, 3:31 PM ET
    The planned Friday launch of a new U.S. spy satellite has been delayed
    by space debris from last week's destruction of its disabled
    predecessor, the mission's launch provider said Wednesday.
    Initially slated for a Feb. 29 liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base
    in California, the National Reconnaissance Office's classified NROL-28
    reconnaissance spacecraft will stand down for at least two weeks to
    avoid the orbiting remains of the destroyed USA-193 satellite, the
    United Launch Alliance said in a mission update.
    "This is a precautionary measure to avoid possible debris from the
    satellite that was intercepted on Feb. 20," a spokesperson for ULA,
    which is overseeing the new satellite's launch atop an Atlas 5 rocket,
    said in a Wednesday mission hotline update.
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