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A Delta II rocket blasts off from Space Launch Complex 17A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Jue 21. It carried the Micro-satellite Technology Experiment into orbit. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Cape launches Delta II, MiTEx satellite

Posted 6/23/2006   Updated 6/23/2006 Email story   Print story

    


by Staff Report
45th Space Wing Public Affairs


6/23/2006 - CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The 45th Space Wing was part of the joint government and industry team that launched the Micro-satellite Technology Experiment (MiTEx) aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket June 21 at 6:15 p.m. (EDT) from Space Launch Complex 17A here. All aspects of the launch through spacecraft separation, which occurred approximately 30 minutes after lift-off, were nominal.

MiTEx is a joint technology demonstration mission for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy. The MiTEx mission will identify, integrate, test and evaluate small satellite technologies to support and enhance future U.S. space missions.

The Delta II launch vehicle included an additional upper stage provided by the Naval Research Laboratory to boost the payload from geo-synchronous transfer orbit into a full geo-synchronous orbit.
(Note: All questions about the mission after spacecraft separation should be directed to Jan Walker of DARPA at jan.walker@darpa.mil or (703) 696-2404).



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