ILS To Launch NRO Payload on Atlas III; Final Launch from Canaveral's Pad 36

For February 3: Payload: National security payload, designated NROL-23 Launch Vehicle: Atlas III, designated AC-206 Height: 170.2 feet (51.9 meters) Fairing: 14 ft (4.2 m) diameter aluminum Launch Date: Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005 Launch Time: 2:41 a.m. EST (7:41 GMT) Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Launch Complex 36, Pad B Customer: National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va. Launch Vehicle Manufacturer: Atlas vehicle and Centaur upper stage built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, Colo.; San Diego, Calif.; and Harlingen, Texas. Launch Services Provider: International Launch Services, McLean, Va. Satellite Use: National security Mission Profile: Standard parking ascent trajectory with two Centaur burn phases to place the NRO spacecraft into a transfer orbit. Spacecraft Separation: Approximately 79 minutes after liftoff. ILS Mission Statistics: -- 1st ILS mission on Atlas this year -- 7th NRO mission overall on Atlas -- 6th and final mission for Atlas III -- Final launch from Space Launch Complex 36 -- Atlas III series has perfect record -- Atlas overall has 100% success in 74 consecutive flights NEWS MEDIA ACTIVITIES All times are EST There will be no pre-launch media briefing. Remote Camera Set-up: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2. Accredited photographers should meet at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Pass & ID for escort to Complex 36. Tower Rollback Photo Opportunity: Access is limited; reservations required. RSVP with Julie Andrews, Lockheed Martin, 321-853-1567. Meet at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Pass & ID for escort to Complex 36, 11 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2. Launch Viewing: 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. News media should meet at CCAFS Pass & ID parking lot for escort to Press Site 1. Special Event Video Opportunity: Approximately 20 minutes after liftoff, Lockheed Martin will begin a ceremony to shut down Launch Complex 36, including a dramatic turning off of the lights. This will be included in the launch broadcast. Live Broadcast: AMC-4, transponder 17/C-band, located at 101 degrees West; downlink 4040 MHz/vertical. Test signals begin about 2 a.m. More Information: General mission information and webcast of the mission will be available on the ILS web site at Launch status updates will be available on the ILS U.S. domestic Launch Hotline at 1-800-852-4980. Contacts International Launch Services (ILS), McLean Fran Slimmer, 571-633-7462 mobile: 646-229-4801 Cape Canaveral: 321-476-5283 or Lockheed Martin, Cape Canaveral Julie Andrews, 321-853-1567 mobile: 321-750-1000

Source: ILS
Date: Feb 1, 2005

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