NASA exercised an option under its Medium Light launch services with Boeing subsidiary McDonnell Douglas Corp. for a Delta II vehicle to launch the NOAA-N weather satellite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Launch from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., is set for January 2003. NASA said its total budget for the NOAA-N launch is about $56 million. McDonnell Douglas/Boeing won the so-called "MED-LITE" contract in February 1996.

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