Milstar 2-F3 (Titan 4B)
15 January 2002
Space Launch Complex 40
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
The flaming exhaust of a Titan 4B rocket reflects on the waves as it lofts a Milstar communications satellite into orbit for the US military from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at approximately 7:30 p.m. on 15 January 2002. The moment of ignition off on the horizon sends up a cloud of smoke, then the Titan rocket blazes like a comet across the sky, and, finally, the separation of the solid rocket boosters. And for you acronym junkies, Milstar stands for Military Strategic and Tactical Relay satellite.
The two boosters separate and fall away as the core stage continues on.
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