Wednesday, May 6, 2009
By Eric Fleischauer
A Delta II rocket built in Decatur successfully launched a satellite Tuesday carrying prototype sensor technology for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.
The satellite, launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 2:24 p.m., was put into polar orbit at 4:22 p.m.
The goal of the $400 million Space Tracking and Surveillance System Advanced Technology Risk Reduction mission is to demonstrate sensor technology to track ballistic missiles.
United Launch Alliance accomplished the launch with a Delta II 7920-10L.