The launcher consisted of a two-stage liquid propellant booster rocket, two strap-on solid rocket motors, an upper stage (Centaur) and a 22 m high payload fairing. At launch the rocket weighed around 950 tonnes, with the spacraft making about 6 tonnes.
Summary of Launch Events
|Time Since Launch||Event|
|02m23s||Separation of Titan IV/B launcher|
Altitude: 91.4 km
Velocity: 7000 km per hour
|4m30s+||Parking orbit achieved|
Apogee: 360 km
Perigee: 170 km
|42m40s||After a long burn of the Centaur stage Cassini-Huygens separation|
|52m40s||Cassini-Huygens communicates with NASA Deep Space Network|
Telemetry received from the spacecraft indicated that the launch was a very good one - the energy imparted to the spacecraft was accurate to one part in 5000 and the deviation in trajectory no greater than 0.04 degrees.