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AWST reader and commentator Tom Kueterman writes:

"I’m surprised the Orbital Sciences payload fairing issue has not yet been resolved! In the May 30, 2011 issue of AWST a letter to the editor was published “NASA CHECK YOUR APPROACH” asking why OSC would not do full scale testing of their payload fairing at NASA Plum Brook Station’s Space Power Facility. NASA and contractors have performed full scale payload fairing deployment tests in this thermal vacuum chamber for years, and everyone who tests there has demonstrated successful fairing deployments in flight. However, to the best of my knowledge OSC has not discussed the idea of testing/qualifying their payload fairings at SPF. SAVE MONEY TEST FIRST."

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