Satellite launch failures prompt US investigation

Satellite launch failures prompt US investigation
Tom Foremski A string of rocket launch failures has poured cold water over satellite communications projects and has prompted US President Bill Clinton to order an investigation. There have been six major failures of satellite launches over the past nine months, leading Clinton to order US Defense Secretary William Cohen to investigate the failures. “It is vitally important that we fully understand the root causes behind the recent launch vehicle failure,” Clinton told Cohen in a memo. The losses – valued at $3.5bn – have resulted in companies delaying or rescheduling satellite launches. PanAmSat said that it delayed the launch dates of seven satellites. Motorola, meanwhile, has delayed certain work on the Teledesic broadband satellite project, although part of the delay is due to contract negotiations on Motorola’s involvement.


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