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June 27, 1989

A launch pad accident last week in Florida will delay what was to have been the first major private-sector U.S. launch of a satellite by at least several weeks. McDonnell Douglas Corp. was scheduled to loft a communications satellite for the government of India aboard its Delta 2 rocket this Thursday. The accident happened June 19, when a hoist cable snapped, allowing a heavy steel hook to fall on the $70 million Insat 1D satellite and damage a critical antenna.

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