Brian Dunbar Headquarters, Washington, D.C. (Phone: 202/453-1547) George Diller Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

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July 12, 1990

Jim Sahli Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala. (Phone: 205/544-6528) RELEASE: 90-98 CRRES LAUNCH DELAYED ONE TO TWO WEEKS

A computer problem with the spacecraft's command and data processing system will delay the launch of the Combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite (CRRES) 1 to 2 weeks. During a spacecraft countdown practice at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Launch Pad 36B, on Wednesday, July 11, an intermittent failure occurred when commands were not properly received and executed by the command and data processing system. Additional testing indicated that the malfunction probably is within the primary command decoder unit (CDU), which receives and decodes commands from the ground, then formats and distributes the commands through the spacecraft. Tests to pinpoint the location of the failure should be completed by late Thursday. The spacecraft's backup CDU functioned properly. However,

under NASA launch-commit criteria, both CDUs must be fully operational for a launch to take place. If the problem lies in the CDU, which was tested successfully twice at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), the box containing both units will be removed from the spacecraft and returned to the manufacturer, Gulton Data Systems Division, to determine the cause of failure and to effect repairs. - more -2-

A new launch date will not be set until the CDU has been repaired and returned to KSC. The mission was originally scheduled for launch July 17. CRRES is a joint NASA/U.S. Air Force Mission to study the effects of chemical releases on the Earth's ionosphere and magnetosphere and to monitor the effects of the space radiation environment on sophisticated electronics. The spacecraft will be launched aboard an Atlas I (Atlas-Centaur 69) vehicle, with launch services provided by General Dynamics Space Systems Division. - end NASA news releases and other NASA information is available electronically on CompuServe and GEnie, the General Electric Network for Information Exchange. For information on CompuServe, call 1-800-848-8199 and ask for representative 176. For information on GEnie, call 1-800-638-9636.

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