NASA has exercised an Orbital Sciences' Pegasus XL launch option under its Small Expendable Launch Vehicle Services (SELVS) contract, to launch the Wide-Field Infra- Red Explorer (WIRE) in 1998. The SELVS contract is for up to ten launches, one of which has been completed, and five others of which, including the WIRE, have been manifested (Flight International, 17-23 July).

Source: Flight International