Launch Services Contract Secured For Eutelsat’s W4 Satellite

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 1, 2000 – International Launch Services (ILS), through its contracting entity Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, has signed a contract with Eutelsat to launch the Eutelsat W4 communications satellite on the first Atlas III rocket. The launch is presently scheduled at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida,USA, for launch in late March/early April.

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Failure Review Oversight Board Issues Status Report

 

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 21, 2000 – The Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) organized by International Launch Services (ILS) and Lockheed-Khrunichev- Energia (LKE) to review the findings of the Russian Federal Inter-agency Launch Failure Review Board's (ILFRB) investigation, issued a status report yesterday regarding the October 27, 1999 Proton flight failure. Attached are the highlights of this status report, which were prepared by FROB Co-Chairmen Eric Laursen and Don Hart.

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Successful Atlas Launch of Defense Communications Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Jan. 20, 2000 – An Atlas rocket lit up the Florida sky tonight with the successful launch of the Defense Satellite Communications System III (DSCS III) satellite for the U.S. Air Force. Liftoff occurred at 8:03 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, followed by successful spacecraft separation from the launch vehicle just under a half hour later. The launch was conducted by a combined team of Lockheed Martin, the United States Air Force and International Launch Services (ILS).

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First Atlas Launch of New Millennium

 

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 17, 2000 – A Lockheed Martin Astronautics Atlas IIA rocket is poised on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), Fla., to launch the seventh spacecraft for the Defense Satellite Communications System III (DSCS III) program under contract to the U.S. Air Force on January 20. This is the first of a maximum number of 11 Atlas launches planned from CCAS this year. The launch window opens at 7:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and extends 84 minutes to 8:39 p.m. The launch will be broadcast live on Galaxy 3, Transponder 15, starting with test signals at 6:30 p.m. EST (downlink frequency 4000 MHz, C-band).

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Terra Earth Observing System Remote Sensing Satellite Ready for Launch

 

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 10, 1999 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS rocket is on the launch pad, and Lockheed Martin, ILS and the U.S. Air Force launch team is in final preparation to launch a remote sensing satellite for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Terra will be launched on December 16 from SLC-3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, USA. The launch window opens at 10:33 a.m. PST and extends 25 minutes to 10:58 a.m. The launch will be broadcast live on NASA TV, which is carried on GE-2, Transponder 9C.

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Atlas IIA Successfully Launches Tenth U.S. Navy UHF Follow-on Program Communications Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Nov. 22, 1999 – A Lockheed Martin Astronautics Atlas IIA rocket successfully launched the tenth and final Ultra High Frequency Follow-On (UHF F/O) communications satellite into intermediate transfer orbit this evening from Complex 36, Pad B. The on-time liftoff at 11:06 p.m. Eastern Standard Time was the beginning of a perfect mission for Atlas, which delivered the UHF F10 satellite to an intermediate transfer orbit in just under a half-hour.

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International Launch Services Affirms Proton Manifest

 

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 4, 1999 – International Launch Services (ILS) said today that no launches have been delayed due to the Oct. 27 Proton failure other than the mission that was scheduled for mid-November. That payload, ACeS Garuda 1, will be rescheduled as soon as the timeline for Proton return-to-flight is established and agreed to by ILS and Lockheed Martin's Failure Review Oversight Board.

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