The Comet, the ill-fated Commercial Experiment Transporter, will be launched aboard a Conestoga booster from Wallops Island, Virginia, on 29 March, after having been grounded since May 1994, when NASA stopped project funding. NASA has now provided $14 million, to allow a single fully commercialised mission to proceed. The Comet consortium, led by EER Systems - whose new Conestoga depends on a launch to enter the commercial market - has secured five commercial payloads, as well as the four for NASA.

Source: Flight International