McDonnell Douglas Delta II Rocket Takes Off
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) _ A McDonnell Douglas Delta II rocket carrying a Canadian radar imaging satellite roared into space Saturday after a one-day delay.
``We had a successful launch,″ said Anne Toulouse, spokeswoman for McDonnell Douglas, which made changes in the Delta II because of trouble during a launch last summer.
Radarsat, a cooperative project of the Canadian Space Agency and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, carries a powerful radar that can peer through clouds and darkness to make images of Earth.
The data from the 6,300-pound Radarsat will be used in oceanography, agriculture, forestry, hydrology and geology. The radar won’t be turned on for several weeks.
The rocket also is carrying another satellite, dubbed Surfsat, built by students from the United States and United Kingdom. It will be used in testing and research on NASA’s Deep Space Network, which tracks probes such as Voyager and Galileo.
The launch was delayed Friday to complete installation of a part that helps separate the Delta’s strap-on motors. A motor failed to drop from a Delta during a launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., in August.