Wednesday, November 16, 2005
The launch has been delayed. As reported in Doohan Memorial Spaceflight Delayed, Startrek.com, Nov. 8, 2005:
The countdown for the "Explorers Flight" — containing the ashes of more than 160 participants including Doohan's — cannot commence until another vehicle is successfully launched in late November or early December. Then, the launch field at Vandenberg Air Force Base shuts down from mid-December through the end of January.
Thus, the likely timeframe for the Explorers Flight is February or March of 2006, according to Susan Schonfeld of Space Services, Inc. (SSI), the company providing the memorial flight service.