Mission History

Below is a listing of previous Astrotech Space Operations missions.

KOMPSAT
Launch Date
December 20, 1999

Korea's KOMPSAT program's objective is the development of a national space segment in Earth observation along with an efficient infrastructure and ground segment to provide valuable services to remote sensing users in various fields of applications.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Taurus

EOS-AM-1 (Terra)
Launch Date
December 18, 1999

Terra (formerly EOS AM-1) is the flagship satellite of NASA's Earth observing systems.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Atlas 2AS

UHF F/O - F10
Launch Date
November 22, 1999

UHF Follow-on satellite provides UHF and EHF communications, and Global Broadcast Service television for the US Navy.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2A

DIRECTV - 1R
Launch Date
October 9, 1999

DIRECTV - 1R will be used to deliver new programming services, expand channel capacity, and strengthen in-orbit redundancy.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit-3SL

ECHOSTAR - V
Launch Date
September 23, 1999

EchoStar V will add 150 more audio and video channels to the existing 350 channels of programming available on EchoStar's DISH Network.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2AS

GLOBALSTAR - 6
Launch Date
August 17, 1999

The Globalstar global mobile communications network offers global, digital real time voice, data and fax via a constellation of 48 minisatellites.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

GLOBALSTAR - 5
Launch Date
July 25, 1999

The Globalstar global mobile communications network offers global, digital real time voice, data and fax via a constellation of 48 minisatellites.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

GLOBALSTAR - 4
Launch Date
July 10, 1999

The Globalstar global mobile communications network offers global, digital real time voice, data and fax via a constellation of 48 minisatellites.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

GLOBALSTAR - 3
Launch Date
July 10, 1999

The Globalstar global mobile communications network offers global, digital real time voice, data and fax via a constellation of 48 minisatellites.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

ORION 3
Launch Date
May 4, 1999

Orion 3 was an American spacecraft which was intended for use by Loral Space & Communications as a geostationary communications satellite.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta III

EUTELSAT - W3
Launch Date
April 12, 1999

EUTELSAT - W3 is designed to serve Europe, the Middle East and North Africa through a highpower footprint optimised for direct-to-home pay-TV, video exchanges, VSAT networks and broadband services.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2AS

SEA LAUNCH DEMO
Launch Date
March 27, 1999

DemoSat was the first Boeing Sea Launch mission.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit-3SL

WIRE
Launch Date
March 4, 1999

The Wide-field Infrared Explorer (WIRE) was a small satellite carrying a cryogenically cooled infrared telescope designed to study starburst galaxies.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Pegasus

JCSAT - 6
Launch Date
February 15, 1999

The new satellite will allow JSAT to meet increased customer demand for multimedia and Internet access and will carry voice, data and television signals to Japan.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2AS

BONUM - 1
Launch Date
November 22, 1998

BONUM-1 serves European or West-Siberian parts of Russia, selectable on-orbit by ground command.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

IRIDIUM MS-11
Launch Date
November 6, 1998

This will be the eleventh Delta II launch for the Iridium system, a global wireless communication network combining the worldwide reach of 66 low-Earth orbit satellites with land-based wireless systems to enable subscribers to connect with hand-held telephones and pagers virtually anywhere in the world.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

UHF F/O - F9
Launch Date
October 20, 1998

UHF F/O F9 incorporates a Global Broadcast Service payload to greatly enhance the communications capability of the satellite.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2A

HOTBIRD - 5
Launch Date
October 9, 1998

HOTBIRD - 5 was later renamed Eurobird 2 and then finally Arabsat 2D.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2A

IRIDIUM MS-10
Launch Date
September 8, 1998

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

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

GALAXY X
Launch Date
August 26, 1998

Galaxy X was to significantly increase PanAmSat's domestic U.S. communications capabilities, delivering analog as well as digital cable TV channels and serving as a major pipeline for satellite-based telecommunications networks in the United States.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta III

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