Upcoming Titan IV/Centaur launch

Allen Thomson (thomsona@dzn.com)
Thu, 6 Aug 1998 10:05:27 -0600

People in a position to see the Centaur burn and venting might want to be
ready for this


>From Florida Today

   The last Air Force Titan 4A rocket is to launch a classified payload for
the National Reconnaissance Office on Aug. 12.

   Liftoff from Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla., is expected
during an unclassified launch period of 4:30 to 10:30 a.m. EDT (0830-1430
GMT). The exact launch window will remain a secret.

   The Lockheed Martin-built rocket will feature a liquid-fueled Centaur
upper stage motor in the 401 vehicle configuration for mission A-20. Sources
believe the rocket's cargo is likely a signal intelligence satellite.

   Air Force officials say the launch date remains tentative as work
continues to replace a torn thermal blanket on the Centaur.