International Launch Services Provides Mission Success for NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., June 30, 2000 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas IIA rocket lifted off from Complex 36 Pad A this morning, successfully placing the first of the next-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) into geosynchronous transfer orbit for NASA. Liftoff occurred at 8:56 a.m. EDT followed by successful spacecraft separation just under 30 minutes later. It was the fifth straight successful Atlas launch of 2000 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the 51st consecutive successful flight of Atlas.


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