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Bloomberg (New York) has closed "On Investing," a quarterly launched in 1999 for a controlled circulation of 550,000 financial professionals, and the Kissling Organization (Lexington, KY), a producer of information for the insurance industry, has closed "Financial Services Advisor," a bimonthly launched in 1878 that had a paid circulation of 500.
Unless NASA gets an okay from the White House to use foreign rockets, none of these missions may be launched this year.
On the surface, a mixed fleet does not seem to represent anything new--NASA has never had a year in which it launched only shuttles, and even in 1986 it had been planning for as many as 10 ELV flights in addition to 15 shuttle missions.
Will be Largest Commercial Communications Satellite Ever Launched
Orbital's signature space launch vehicle is the innovative air-launched Pegasus, which the company conceived, developed, manufactured and first launched in 1990 and has since used to deliver over 75 satellites into orbit during the last 15 years.
Both the satellite and the launch vehicle will be integrated and launched from the Zenit processing and launch facilities at the Baikonur complex.
During 2005, five Ariane 5 rockets were launched from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana.
Its patented air-launch system, in which the rocket is launched from beneath Orbital's "Stargazer" L-1011 carrier aircraft over the ocean, reduces cost and provides customers with unparalleled flexibility to operate from virtually anywhere on Earth with minimal ground support requirements.