BY JUSTIN RAY
August 23, 2000 -- Follow the countdown and launch of the Boeing Delta 3 rocket on a demonstration mission to prove the vehicle's reliability. Reload this page for the very latest on the mission live from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Flight Data File
Vehicle: Delta 3 (8930)
Launch date: August 23, 2000
Launch window: 1100-1500 GMT (7:00-11:00 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-17B, Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Mission preview - Read our story for a complete look at the Delta 3's crucial test launch.
Launch timeline - Chart with times and descriptions of events to occur during the launch.
Delta 3 rocket - Overview of the Delta 3 8930-model rocket.
Rocket diagram - Illustration shows the various components of the Delta 3.
Payload simulator - Description of the satellite mockup to be launched by Delta 3 and its research mission.
Orbit trace - A map shows the launch track for the mission.
The Boeing Delta 3 rocket lifts off August 23 from Cape Canaveral carrying a simulated satellite cargo for a demonstration launch.
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The six solid rocket motors ignited on the launch pad burn out and separate from the Boeing Delta 3 rocket some 80 seconds after liftoff.
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The three air-start solid rocket motors separate from the Boeing Delta 3 rocket over 2 1/2 minutes into the launch.
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A video camera mounted on the second stage shows the spent first stage separate and nozzle extension deploy and ignition of the RL10B-2 engine.
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Boeing's Jay Witzling comments on the successful flight of the Delta 3.
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Animation shows a typical Boeing Delta 3 rocket launch from liftoff through spacecraft deployment.
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The inaugural Boeing Delta 3 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral on August 26, 1998 but explodes just over a minute into the flight.
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A close-up view of the Delta 3 rocket exploding in 1998 as captured from a long range tracking camera.
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The second Delta 3 rocket lifts on May 4, 1999 from Cape Canaveral with the Orion 3 satellite.
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