LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Wed Apr 24 1996
United States Air Force

MSX

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

April 24, 1996 at 8:27 AM EDT

(April 24, 1996 at 12:27 PM UTC)

Launch Window Start

April 24, 1996 at 8:27 AM EDT

(April 24, 1996 at 12:27 PM UTC)

Launch Window End

April 24, 1996 at 8:27 AM EDT

(April 24, 1996 at 12:27 PM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

No Recovery Specified

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    MISSION OVERVIEW
    • Type: Government/Top Secret
    • MSX (Midcourse Space Experiment) demonstrated different multispectral imaging technologies to identify and track ballistic missiles during flight by observing rocket launches and orbital debris. Additionally it measured the composition and dynamics of the Earth's atmosphere by observing ozone, chloroflourocarbons, carbon dioxide and methane.
    COMPLEX OVERVIEW

    Location

    Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

    Pad

    Space Launch Complex 2W