AIT-2 Alaska Rocket Launch

Matson, Robert (ROBERT.D.MATSON@cpmx.saic.com)
Thu, 19 Aug 1999 15:20:34 -0700

Hi All,

Read the following excerpt from Aviation Week & Space Technology, Aug 9th
editition, page 77.  "The USAF Atmospheric Interceptor Technology rocket is
in firing position
in trail runs preparing for its planned September 11 launch. The goal of the
AIT-2 mission is to help
demonstrate lightweight launch vehicle technologies within the atmosphere
and also serve as a target
to support BMD system development, according to the USAF. The missile,
almost 57 ft long and
weighing nearly 32,000 lb at liftoff, will simulate a realistic incoming
ballistic missile trajectory (apogee
will be about 1,060 naut mi) following a near-polar track south toward or
along the West Coast of the US."

Sounds like an interesting launch to try to see... --Rob