Atlas Selected for HISPASAT 1C Launch

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 26, 1998 – International Launch Services (ILS) announced today that HISPASAT S.A., a Madrid-based satellite operator, and Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services have signed a contract to launch the HISPASAT 1C satellite on an Atlas IIAS. The launch is presently scheduled for late 1999 from Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), FL.

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Proton Does Not Deliver AsiaSat 3 to Proper Orbit

 

MOSCOW, Dec. 25, 1997 – The Proton-K launch vehicle manufactured by the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center was launched on December 25th from Launch Pad 23, Area 91, of the Baikonur Cosmodrome by launch teams of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense. 589 seconds after liftoff, the rocket injected the AsiaSat 3 telecommunications satellite in the support orbit.

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Proton Launch of AsiaSat 3 Delayed Due to Weather

 

MOSCOW, Dec. 23, 1997 – A launch of the Proton-K manufactured by the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, was planned for the 23rd of December at Launch Pad 23, Area 81, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The rocket's upper stage Block DM 3 (manufactured by the Energia Rocket and Space Corporation) was expected to launch the AsiaSat 3 communications satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit. AsiaSat 3 belongs to the Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Ltd. (Hong Kong). The satellite was designed and manufactured by the Hughes Space and Communications Company of the United States based on the HS 601 HP ("high power") model.

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Proton in Final Preparations to Launch AsiaSat 3

 

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 18, 1997 – International Launch Services (ILS) announced today that a combined Russian and American team is conducting final preparations to launch a Proton rocket on December 23 carrying the AsiaSat 3 commercial communications satellite to orbit for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited of Hong Kong. The rocket is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Republic of Kazakhstan at 4:17:30 a.m. (6:17:30 p.m. USA Eastern Standard Time, December 22). The launch window is ten minutes long.

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Atlas Successfully Launches Galaxy VIII-i Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Dec. 8, 1997 –  A Lockheed Martin Astronautics Atlas IIAS rocket successfully launched the Galaxy VIII-i commercial direct-to-home television broadcast satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit this evening from Complex 36, Pad B, at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), FL. Liftoff occurred at 6:52 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. It was the eighth and final 1997 Atlas launch and the 35th consecutive success for Atlas.

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Atlas Successfully Launches Military Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Oct. 24, 1997 – A Lockheed Martin Astronautics Atlas IIA rocket successfully launched the sixth Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) III spacecraft this evening from Complex 36, Pad A, at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), FL. Liftoff occurred at 8:46 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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Atlas Rocket Will Launch U.S. Air Force Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Oct. 21, 1997 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas IIA rocket is completing final preparations to launch a communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), Fla. on October 24. The sixth in the series of spacecraft for the Defense Satellite Communications System III (DSCS III)program will be launched from Complex 36A at the opening of a 79-minute launch window that extends from 7:37 to 8:56 p.m. EDT. This is the seventh of eight planned Atlas missions from CCAS this year.

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Atlas Successfully Launches EchoStar III Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Oct. 5, 1997 – A Lockheed Martin Astronautics Atlas IIAS rocket successfully launched the EchoStar III commercial communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit this afternoon from Complex 36, Pad B, at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), FL. Liftoff occurred right on time at 5:01 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. It was the sixth successful Atlas launch of 1997 from CCAS and the thirty-third consecutive successful flight for Atlas/Centaur.

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