Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Dec. 2, 2002 – Three Atlas launch vehicles are at the Cape and are making progress toward planned launch dates over the next few months.
The first of the trio, an Atlas IIA carrying the TDRS-J satellite for NASA, is scheduled for launch by International Launch Services on December 4 from Launch Complex 36A. This will be the 23rd and final Atlas IIA to launch, closing out a run of 100 percent Mission Success for all Atlas II variants going back to 1991.
At Complex 36B an Atlas III booster was mounted on the launch pad Nov. 4, and the Centaur upper stage was stacked atop the booster Nov. 8. This will be the third Atlas III launch, following the two successful missions in May 2000 and February of this year. The Atlas III is being processed for a planned launch of the AsiaSat 4 satellite in the early part of 2003.
The second Atlas V, designated AV-002, is being processed at Complex 41 for a planned launch early next year with the first satellite for the Greek-Cypriot consortium Hellas-Sat. The booster was erected in the vertical integration facility Oct. 23; the Centaur upper stage was stacked atop the booster Oct. 28.
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