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Last Boeing Delta II Launch of 2001

07 December 2001

A Boeing Delta rocket is poised to thunder into the skies over Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to launch NASA's Jason-1 and TIMED spacecraft.

The launch, scheduled for 7:07 a.m. PST on Dec. 7, 2001 from Space Launch Complex 2W, will be the last of seven Boeing Delta launches this year. "This mission illustrates the continuing Delta legacy," said Joy Bryant, Boeing director of NASA expendable launch programs. "We've come a long way because of our commitment to success.

"We will again demonstrate that commitment to ensure that Jason-1 and TIMED satellites safely reach their proper orbits." For this mission, the rocket will feature a 10-foot composite fairing and a dual-payload attach fitting for deployment. Jason-1 is a mission to monitor global ocean circulation, study the link between the oceans and atmosphere, improve global climate predictions and monitor events such as El Nino. Jason-1 is a joint effort between NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and the French Space Agency, CNES.