XM delays first satellite launch

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XM Satellite Radio was forced to delay the launch of its first satellite due to a minor out-of-specification condition detected on the satellite, which was scheduled to launch yesterday by Sea Launch. The exact relaunch date has not been set, but a Sea Launch spokeswoman estimated that the satellite will be sent into orbit in a few weeks. XM's second and final satellite launch is scheduled for March, in preparation for the company's summer consumer launch of products and services. XM introduced its product line last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Rival Sirius Satellite Radio, which has had its three satellites in orbit since December, also is planning to have its product line available at retail this summer.

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