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NOAA-N Prime Soars into Polar Orbit!
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NASA Launch Commentator George Diller: T-13, green board. Ten... nine... eight... seven... six... five... four... three... go for main engine start... one... zero and liftoff of the Delta II rocket with NOAA-N Prime, continuing the legacy of data for the weather forecasts of today, into the future.


Steve Agid/Launch Vehicle Telemetry Manager: .... about 27 seconds into the flight. All continuing to look good.

Coming up on 36 seconds. Mach 1. Vehicle now going at the speed of sound. Pressure's beginning to trail off on the solid.

Coming up on 50 seconds. Mark 50 seconds. Area of Max Q or maximum dynamic pressure. Chamber pressures in the one, two and three solids are beginning to trail off.

We have burnout of the three solids. We'll be holding on to those solids for about another 15, 20 seconds or so, as we're looking for a good drop-off point.

Passing, one minute, 12 seconds into the flight.

One-twenty-five, about 10 seconds now before we drop off the solids -- 212.5 nautical miles. Downrange systems 10.9 nautical miles. Velocity a little over 1040 mph.

And we have separation from the ground lit solid motors from the vehicle.

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