Spaceflight Now: Titan 4 Mission Report

Mission Status Center

Follow the countdown and launch of a U.S. Air Force Titan 4B rocket with the Milstar 2-F2 communications satellite. Reload this page for the very latest on the mission.

Read our earlier status center coverage.

Flight data file
Vehicle: Titan 4B/Centaur
Payload: Milstar 2-F2
Launch date: Feb. 27, 2001
Launch window: 1857-2257 GMT (1:57-5:57 p.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida

This launch is dedicated to Virgil "Gus" Grissom, one of America's first astronauts, as illustrated in the mission patch. Read more.

Live webcast
Spaceflight Now will provide a live QuickTime streaming broadcast of the Titan 4 rocket launch on Tuesday from Cape Canaveral. Coverage begins at 1730 GMT (12:30 p.m. EST).

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.

Restricted zone - Map outlining the Launch Hazard Area where mariners should remain clear for the liftoff.

Video vault
From the space archives, this film footage shows the second Milstar satellite being launched aboard a Titan 4A rocket in November 1995.
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The Lockheed Martin Titan 4/Centaur rocket delivers the Milstar satellite into Earth orbit as shown in launch animation.
  PLAY (256k, 42sec QuickTime file)

Animation shows the Milstar spacecraft at work in orbit relaying secure military communications 22,300 miles above the planet.
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Launch pad tour
Explore the scene at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 through Spaceflight Now's virtual reality camera.
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