New Atlas III Rocket to Debut with Launch of Commercial Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., May 10, 2000 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas III rocket is poised on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, to make space history on May 15. The inaugural launch of the newest Atlas will carry EUTELSAT’s W4 communication satellite to orbit powered by the Russian-designed and built RD-180 engine, the first time ever that a Russian engine has been used on an American rocket.


Atlas III RD-180 Engine Successful Test Firing

HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA, July 29, 1998 – Lockheed Martin Astronautics made history today by successfully conducting the first test firing of a Russian rocket engine at a U.S. government facility. An RD-180 engine with its prototype Atlas IIIA rocket booster stage rumbled for 10 seconds at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.


NRO Selects Atlas III for Satellite Launch

SAN DIEGO, June 11, 1998 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas IIIA rocket has been selected by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) to launch a classified payload from Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), Fla. The launch date will be selected based on the NRO’s operational requirements.


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