ILS Successfully Launches Atlas With NRO Payload


VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Sept. 8, 2001 – An Atlas IIAS rocket successfully lifted off today at 8:24 a.m. PDT (15:24 p.m. GMT) today from this West Coast launch site, releasing a national security payload into transfer orbit 66 minutes later.


Successful Second Fire Test of RD-191 Engine


MOSCOW, Aug. 31 2001 – The following is adapted from a Khrunichev press release: Energomash successfully completed the second fire test of the RD-191 engine on 28 August. In accordance with the program the test duration was 10 seconds. The engine is being developed to use in the first stage of the Angara family LV including reusable stage booster Baikal.


Successful Proton Launch


MOSCOW, Aug. 27, 2001 – The following information is adapted from a press release by Khrunichev: On 25 August at 00:35 Moscow Time a launch crew of Russian Space Forces successfully launched a LV Proton-K with a military satellite Cosmos from Launch Pad #24 in Baikonur. The launch vehicle has been manufactured by Khrunichev Space Center.


ILS Adds Telesat’s Nimiq 2 Launch to Atlas V Roster


McLEAN, Va., June 28, 2001 – International Launch Services (ILS) is scheduled to launch Telesat Canada's Nimiq 2 satellite in late 2002 on an Atlas V rocket, under a contract announced today with the satellite's builder, Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS).


ILS Launches ICO Satellite in 1st Atlas Mission of Year


CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., June 19, 2001 – An Atlas IIAS rocket carried a satellite for ICO Global Communications into orbit early this morning, marking the first Atlas launch of the year for International Launch Services (ILS).


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