The Naval Research Laboratory’s new military communications satellite, TacSat IV, lifted off without a hitch at sunrise on Tuesday from the Kodiak Launch Complex. The Narrow Cape rocket site is about 25 miles from Kodiak City.
Within a few minutes all that could be seen from the ground was a column of smoke illuminated by the rising sun.
The TacSat IV is an experimental spacecraft that will test advances in satellite communications and the use of special orbits to augment current communication satellites.
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