A Delta II rocket managed by NASA's
Launch Services Program lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base,
CA., Tuesday with a spacecraft for the United States Missile
The spacecraft is called the Space Tracking and Surveillance
System Advanced Technology Risk Reduction mission, or STSS-ATRR.
Liftoff from NASA's Space Launch Complex 2 occurred at 1:24 p.m.
PDT.The launch vehicle was a United Launch Alliance Delta II
7920-10c. Spacecraft separation occurred approximately one hour
"With confirmation of the payload's delivery into the correct
orbit, the launch is a success," said Chuck Dovale, launch director
for the NASA's Launch Services Program.
NASA also will manage the launch of another mission for the
Missile Defense Agency aboard a Delta II rocket this summer from
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.