Delta-II/Iridium launch from Vandenberg AFB, February 11, 2002
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A Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas Delta-II launched another constellation of Iridium telephone satellites from Vandenberg AFB at 9:44 A.M. P.S.T. on February 11, 2002.
The Delta-II pitches over to the south to head for polar orbit.
The three air-lit solid-fueled boosters ignite as the thrust of the six ground-lit boosters tapers off.
Composite of three frames taken shortly after the burnout of the solid fuel boosters.
Composite of six frames from the digital camera taken a few minutes after the launch, (without a polarizer on the lens).
More Vandenberg AFB launch photography.
Link to Boeing's Delta-II page.
Link to the Air Force Fact Sheet about the Delta-II.
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