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Subject: Launch pad damage delays military spacecraft
Softwar    3/16/2007 8:43:35 AM
"" Launch pad damage delays military spacecraft Thu Mar 15, 6:40 PM ET CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - Damage to a Florida launch pad from a fuel leak during a preflight rocket test will delay next month's flight of a U.S. government missile-warning satellite and possibly other key military spacecraft, the Air Force said on Thursday. Following a test launch in 2004, a Boeing-built Delta 4 Heavy rocket was scheduled for its first satellite-delivery mission on April 1 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. However, during a dress rehearsal for launch two weeks ago, some of the rocket's intensely cold liquid oxygen fuel leaked out and cracked the metal structure beneath the booster, the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center said.
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