Wyoming: Rocket launch delayed by technical problems

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Wyoming: Rocket launch delayed by technical problems

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A test launch of a rocket carrying the model of a potential replacement for NASA's space shuttle has been delayed two weeks by technical problems.

The launch of the 24-foot-long rocket has been rescheduled for 7 a.m. Oct. 7, according to John Wickman, president of Casper-based Wickman Spacecraft & Propulsion Co.

The launch was originally set for Sept. 23.

The rocket will carry a payload, nicknamed SHARP - Slender Hypervelocity Aerothermodynamic Research Probe - a cheese-wedge shaped model that is a candidate to replace the aging shuttle.

Wickman designed the motor and propellant for the rocket, which is expected to ascend to 220,000 feet into the sky, about 42 miles. The SHARP model will also be deployed and fall to the ground. --- On the Net: www.space-rockets.com/Wickmans.html


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