Mission History

Below is a listing of previous Astrotech Space Operations missions.

THOR IIA
Launch Date
May 20, 1997

THOR IIA will deliver direct-to-home television programming to the Nordic countries via the Ku-band.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

IRIDIUM MS-1
Launch Date
May 5, 1997

The IRIDIUM system was designed to communicate with hand-held wireless telephones worldwide.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

GOES - K
Launch Date
April 25, 1997

GOES-K was the third spacecraft launched by the NASA ELV team in the new advanced series of geostationary weather satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas I

TEMPO - FM2
Launch Date
March 8, 1997

TEMPO - FM2 (and FM1) has twice the power and capacity of comparable satellites. However a solar flare in 1997 knocked out three of the spacecraft's transponders and damaged the solar array.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2A

JCSAT - 4
Launch Date
February 16, 1997

JCSAT-4 will relay voice, data, television signals via Ku-band to eastern Asia, Australia, New Zealand, India. The same will be relayed to eastern and southern Asia and Hawaii via C-band.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2AS

INMARSAT 3 - F3
Launch Date
December 17, 1996

INMARSAT 3 - F3 will provide broadcasting, business services and mobile communications to Pacific Ocean Region.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2A

HOTBIRD - 2
Launch Date
November 21, 1996

HOT BIRD 2 will be operated by EUTELSAT, the Paris-based consortium of 45 member nations and signatories, which is a leading provider of satellite-based communication and broadcast services to Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2A

GE - 1 AMERICOM
Launch Date
September 8, 1996

GE-1 is owned by GE Americom and is a continuation of the old RCA/GE Satcom series.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2A

EHF F7
Launch Date
July 25, 1996

This seventh satellite in the UHF F/O Program incorporates extremely-high frequency (EHF) capability.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas II

GALAXY - IX
Launch Date
May 23, 1996

GALAXY - IX is dedicated to cable television transmission across the United States.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

SAX
Launch Date
April 30, 1996

SAX (X-ray Astronomy Satellite) was developed by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in cooperation with the Dutch Space Agency (NIVR) to investigate celestial X-ray sources from inside and outside our galaxy. The satellite was built by Alenia Spazio.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas I

MSX
Launch Date
April 24, 1996

The Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX) represents the first system demonstration in space of technology to identify and track ballistic missiles during their midcourse flight phase.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

INMARSAT 3 - F1
Launch Date
April 3, 1996

INMARSAT 3 - F1 provideS global mobile and remote area communications services on land, at sea and in the air. Inmarsat is an internationally owned cooperative headquartered in London, and it presently has 79 member nations.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2A

PALAPA - C1
Launch Date
January 31, 1996

PALAPA - C1 will provide C-band and Ku-band transmissions to an area centered on the Pacific Rim extending from Iran to Vladivostok and south to Sydney and New Zealand.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2AS

Space Flyer Unit (Post-Retrieval)
Launch Date
January 20, 1996

The mission of the Space Flyer Unit (SFU) was to verify the effectiveness of retrieval and reuse system by conducting launch, in-orbit experiments and retrieval, in addition to conduct scientific and engineering experiments and astronomical observations in orbit.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
STS-72 (Endeavour)

KOREASAT - 2
Launch Date
January 14, 1996

The purpose of the KOREASAT - 2 satellite was to provide broadcasting and telecommunications to South Korea.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

GALAXY - 3R
Launch Date
December 14, 1995

GALAXY - 3R is used to provide video and telecommunications services throughout the United States. The satellite's Ku-band capacity can also be switched to provide coverage of Latin America.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2A

EHF F6
Launch Date
October 22, 1995

EHF F6 is a communications satellite operated by the US military.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas II

JCSAT - 3
Launch Date
August 28, 1995

JCSAT-3 will relay voice, data, television signals via Ku-band to eastern Asia, Australia, New Zealand, India. The same will be relayed to eastern and southern Asia and Hawaii via C-band.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2AS

KOREASAT - 1
Launch Date
August 5, 1995

KOREASAT - 1 will provide TV coverage for South Korea and other Asian countries.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

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