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Titan IV-B rocket lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral.


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Boeing-built Titan IV-B rocket lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral.

Titan IV-B rocket Launches Defense Satellite.

A Boeing-built Titan IV-B rocket lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral on Saturday afternoon, carrying a Defense Support Program satellite into orbit. The rocket lifted off at 1850 UTC (1:50 pm EST), and the satellite was placed into a geosynchronous orbit seven hours later. The DSP-22 satellite is equipped with sensitive heat detection instruments, designed to spot the heat of launching missiles. This constellation of military satellites first launched in the 1970s, and the final one is due to go up in early 2005.

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