Kennedy News

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center

Aug. 12, 2003
RELEASE : 69-03
SCISAT Launched Successfully On Pegasus XL
The launch of the Canadian Space Agency's SCISAT-1 (Scientific Satellite Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment) aboard an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL vehicle occurred on time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 10:09.33 p.m. EDT.

The 330-pound SCISAT-1 spacecraft was placed into a 400-mile-high polar orbit at an inclination of 73.9 degrees following spacecraft separation which occurred 10 minutes, 38 seconds after deployment from the L-1011.

The SCISAT-1 spacecraft will investigate processes that control the distribution of ozone in the upper atmosphere. The purpose of the mission is to measure and understand the chemical processes that control the distribution of ozone in the Earth's atmosphere, particularly at high altitudes. The data from the satellite will provide Canadian and international scientists with improved measurements relating to global ozone processes and help policymakers assess existing environmental policy and develop protective measures for improving the health of our atmosphere, preventing further ozone depletion. This mission is designed to last two years.

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