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Vandenberg Dusk Launch



Thought this might be of interest for those of us on the West Coast.
73, Jim  KQ6EA

VANDENBERG DUSK LAUNCH

The first Vandenberg AFB dusk launch in nearly three years is slated
for Thursday, September 22. The Minotaur booster is scheduled to lift-
off from south Vandenberg at 19:24 PDT, the start of a 16-minute
launch window.

Several minutes later, the rocket will place the Defense Advanced
Research Project Agency's Streak satellite into a polar orbit.

As seen from Santa Barbara, lift-off occurs 29 minutes after sunset.
The Minotaur is expected to climb into sunlight during the second
stage burn at about T+90 seconds. The exhaust plume will be
illuminated by the sun and may create a nice display visible across a
large part of the Southwest and western Mexico.

The launch may be visible until nearly T+13 minutes. For information
on launch viewing and photography, refer to:

www.spacearchive.info/vafbview.htm
<http://www.spacearchive.info/vafbview.htm>
www.spacearchive.info/vafbphoto.htm

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MINOTAUR LAUNCH SCHEDULED
Vandenberg AFB News Release

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Team Vandenberg is set to launch a
Minotaur rocket Thursday from Space! L! aunch Complex-8 on South
Vandenberg. The launch period is from 7:24 to 7:40 p.m. The rocket
will launch the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Streak
spacecraft.

30th Space Wing Commander Col. Jack Weinstein will be the spacelift
commander, or final "go for launch" authority, for Thursday's launch.

The Minotaur rocket is a ground-based variant of the Orbital Sciences
Corp. air-launched Pegasus rocket. It is capable of launching up to
3,000 pounds into a low-Earth orbit and up to 800 pounds into
geosynchronous transfer orbit.
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