Space News for June 17, 1999

Chandra Nears Launch

After nearly a year of delays, NASA managers are aiming for a July 20th launch of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Chandra will launch with the Space Shuttle Columbia, use the same Inertial Upper Stage as recent failed US Air Force rocket launches.

Astronomy Now

Sea Launch Signs Up Four New Contracts

Bringing the total to 19 confirmed launch contracts, Sea Launch added 4 new launch contracts to its schedule. These new launches will fall between 2001 and 2003.

Space Daily

Consortium Plans Radio Telescope

Europe and the US are developing an array of radio telescopes which will be constructed in Chile. The array will consist of 64 12-meter telescopes spread over an area 10km across. The observatory will be the highest in the world, at an altitude of 5,000 meters.