TacSat-4 Encapsulation Time-Lapse
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September 26, 2011,
In this time-lapse video, the Naval Research Laboratory's Tactical Satellite IV (TacSat-4)
is encapsulated inside the fairing (nose cone) of an Orbital Sciences Corporation Minotaur-IV+ launch vehicle
in preparation for a Sept. 27, 2011, launch from the Alaska Aerospace Corporation's Kodiak Launch Complex.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsored the development of the payload and the first year of operations.
TacSat-4 will be the 100th Naval Research Laboratory built satellite launched into a celestial orbit.
See Press Release.
(U.S. Navy photos: Jamie Hartman, Naval Research Laboratory)
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