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Return of the workhorse

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 04:38 PM

Return of the workhorse


spaceflightnow.com said:

A quarter-century since its first launch Friday, preparations are underway to end a mini-hiatus and return to the business of launching Delta 2 rockets, if only for a little while longer.

The United Launch Alliance vehicle debuted on Valentine's Day 1989, and since then has flown 150 more times over the past 25 years. It has performed successfully a remarkable 149 times, including the last 96 straight launches.

But there's been a gap for the past two years with no flights .    

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