Today's scheduled Titan IV launch.

Ted Molczan (
Tue, 5 Dec 1995 12:32:58 -0500

Phil Chien now advises me that he has just learned that the launch azimuth 
will be 189 deg, which is the exact azimuth for a KH launch. If true, that could 
mean one of several things:

- early replacement of USA 86

- co-planar or near co-planar mission with USA 86

- replacement of KH 11-8, but in a different plane. That would change the long
established plane spacing between the KH 11s. Of course USA 86 and this new
payload may be newer generation KH's, with different constellation characteristics.

This new launch azimuth information seems to conflict with the closing of the park
located to the southeast of VFAB, so I guess we will have to wait and see. 
Thanks to Phil for digging into this story.

bye for now