[FPSPACE] Orbital Express test mission could resume after all
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Wed Jul 11 10:39:35 EDT 2007
Orbital Express test mission could resume after all
Posted: July 10, 2007
Senior military leaders have decided to postpone shutting down the
Pentagon's Orbital Express mission to give U.S. Air Force officials a chance
to propose additional demonstrations, the mission's program manager said
Air Force Lt. Col. Fred Kennedy said he received orders late last week to
put a hold on plans to decommission the mission's two satellites.
Orbital Express is managed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,
the Pentagon's primary research and development division.
The U.S. Defense Department is reviewing additional tests that could be
added to the mission, which wrapped up three months of operations in late
June. Earlier demonstrations included refueling, part replacements, and
advanced rendezvous and docking techniques.
Kennedy told Spaceflight Now he expects to receive the results of the review
Thursday. A decision on whether to extend the mission could also come
The two craft were scheduled to be turned off on Saturday after separating
to a distance of 1,000 kilometers, or about 600 miles.
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