Follow the preparations and launch of the Lockheed Martin-built Titan 4B rocket carrying a Milstar military communications satellite. Reload this page for the very latest on the mission.

Flight data file
Vehicle: Titan 4B (B-38)
Payload: Milstar 5
Launch date: Jan. 15, 2002
Launch window: 2148-0148 GMT (4:48-8:48 p.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Satellite broadcast: Telstar 6, Transponder 22, C-band

Pre-launch briefing
Launch timeline - Chart with the key events to occur during the launch.

Titan 4B - Description of America's most powerful unmanned rocket.

Milstar satellite - A look at the Military Strategic and Tactical Relay satellite program.

Communications - Overview of Boeing's Medium Data Rate and crosslink payloads on Milstar.

Antennas - Technical description of Milstar's medium data rate nulling antennas made by TRW.

DPS - TRW's digital processing subsystem on Milstar is key to payload.

Titan 4 history - Chart with listing of previous Titan 4 flights.