Delta/Globalstar Depletion Burn - Observed

Terry Pritchard (
Tue, 17 Aug 1999 02:48:18 -0400


Just observed a spectacular, on-time depletion burn by tonight's Delta
launch vehicle.  Just as Ron described, it started as a faint plume just as
the vehicle came out of shadow, then rapidly blossomed into a bright, milky
plume curving as the booster tumbled.  Almost directly overhead, too.

Managed to track several points of light for a short period following the
burn, but quickly lost them to street light pollution.

Thank you Ron for the timely data - that was terrific to see.

-Terry Pritchard
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
N43.925 W80.116