Delta-II launch from Vandenberg AFB, December 7, 2001
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A Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas Delta-II launched the Jason and TIMED satellites from Vandenberg AFB at 7:07 A.M. P.S.T. on December 7, 2001.
The sun had just appeared above the horizon directly behind us.
The Delta-II headed south over western Santa Barbara County.
The Delta-II boster passed near the half moon shortly after the second set of solid fuel boosters ignited.
The first set of six solid fuel boosters falls away from the Delta-II.
The Delta-II ascends over the Santa Barbara Channel and on toward the Pacific Ocean.
Burnout of the solid fuel boosters of the Delta-II
Close-up the above photo reveals the second set of three solid fuel boosters falling away from the liquid-fueled core of the Delta-II.
The exhaust plume of the Delta-II spreads out as it leaves the atmosphere
' The exhaust trail drifted in front of the waning half moon.
The exhaust trail over the launch pad was pulled in different directions at different altitudes..
Winds aloft quickly twisted the exhaust trail from the Delta-II.
Three frame panorama of the entire exhaust trail.
More Vandenberg AFB launch photography.
Link to Boeing's Delta-II page.
Link to the Air Force Fact Sheet about the Delta-II.
The home page of the 30th Space Wing
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Brian Webb's Rawhide Space Page provides launch schedule and ham radio information.
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