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Arianespace Sets Date for Flight 130

Flight 130 has been cleared for launch on September 14. 

Flight 130 had been set for a July 25 launch, but problems
with the upper stage's attitude control system were found
during a test at the manufacturing facility in Europe. In an
effort to assure success on Flight 130, Arianespace ordered a
stand-down of processing. 

After an investigation, it was discovered that the problem was
caused in the brazing of two separate pieces inside of the failed
thruster. After the root cause was found, Arianespace and
Astrium, the thruster manufacturer, devised a plan to
replace all six thrusters on Flight 130's upper stage.
Thrusters that were selected were put through an intense
inspection to insure that those thrusters did not have the
same problem. 


jeff davis, n9avg

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