Re: MSX launch

Karl Cunningham (
Wed, 10 Apr 96 06:49:38 +0000 (GMT)

Hi Rob --

At 04:27 PM 4/9/96 -0700, you wrote:
>Rumor has it that MSX launches on a Delta out of Vandenberg next Thursday
>morning, April 18th, I think around 5:26am.  Can anyone confirm?  Am thinking
>of heading up to watch it...  --Rob

I got the following on the launch you asked about from

Hope this helps.  I wish I could go.

-- Karl

>April 18, 1996 - DOD Payload 
>     At approximately 4:20 am pacific daylight time (11:20 GMT), 
>McDonnell-Douglas will launch commercially for BMDO the Midcourse Space 
>Experimment (MSX).
>     MSX is a midcourse data collection experiment which will concentrate 
>on the phenomena of target detection and tracking. MSX's primary mission 
>is to acquire, track and collect passive infra-red visible and ultraviolet 
>     data on a set of objects deployed at midcourse from cooperatively 
>     launched ICBM's and sounding rockets. 
>     Uplink information may soon be available for this launch here. 
>November 5, 1996 - NASA Payload 
>     The next NASA launch on a Delta rocket will be Mars Global Surveyor, 
>     whose objective is to be a rapid, low-cost recovery of the failed 
>     Mars Observer mission objectives. 
>For information about these and other Delta Medium Expendable Launch 
>     Vehicle Services (MELVS) projects, please see the Goddard Space 
>     Flight Center's