Boeing Delta II ignites at dawn on Dec. 7 at the beginning of a successful mission to deliver the joint NASA/French Jason 1 oceanography satellite and NASA's Timed (Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics) spacecraft to their polar orbits. The launch from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., came at 10:07 a.m. EST, placing Jason 1 into an 830-mi. circular orbit and Timed into a circular orbit 388 mi. up, both inclined 74.1 deg. to the equator (AW&ST Dec. 3, p. 34). Arrays and ...

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