New Horizons launch -- extra passenger?

From: Ed Cannon (edcannonsat@yahoo.com)
Date: Tue Jan 17 2006 - 15:21:07 EST

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    I doubt it:
    
    1. This is being hyped as the fastest-ever human lauch.  
    I would think an extra passenger would significantly 
    impact the launch performance with regards to that.
    
    2. On the following page, it shows a large fairing 
    that contains the Centaur as well as the payload:
    
    http://www.spaceflightnow.com/atlas/av010/051102atlas5rocket.html
    
    3. "U.S. Government" -- since NASA is a government 
    agency, I that maybe the idea was to distinguish this
    launch from commercial comsat launches.
    
    Those are my two cents.
    
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
    
    
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