Saw kill vehicle target engines; 24323 GPS 2-27 r1

From: Mark A. Hanning-Lee (
Date: Tue Jan 18 2000 - 18:45:36 PST

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    Observed the kill vehicle test. I think that on this occasion the target
    was launched from Vandenberg & the attempted kill vehicle from the
    From Tustin in Orange County, at 18:23 saw the rocket engines burning as
    a bright light at about mag -9? Azimuth near 280 degrees & about 20 deg
    elevation. When this finished, I could see the remaining cloud shining a
    blue-white of reflected sunlight for a few minutes. Observation hampered
    by bright moonlight & intervening clouds. Attempted photos, will see how
    they look.
    I assume that the kill was attempted after engine shut-off ;-).
    Earlier I'd seen 24323 GPS 2-27 r1 on schedule.
    Best, Mark
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