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

Payload: National security payload, designated

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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

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


International Launch Services (ILS), McLean
Fran Slimmer, 571-633-7462
mobile: 646-229-4801
Cape Canaveral: 321-476-5283


Lockheed Martin, Cape Canaveral
Julie Andrews, 321-853-1567
mobile: 321-750-1000

Source : ILS

Published on ASDNews: Feb 1, 2005


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