Mission History

Below is a listing of previous Astrotech Space Operations missions.

COSMOS (SkyMed-1)
Launch Date
June 7, 2007

COSMO-SkyMed is an Earth observation satellite system funded by the Italian Ministry of Research and Ministry of Defence and conducted by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), intended for both military and civilian use.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

STP-1
Launch Date
March 9, 2007

STP-1 was the first time the Air Force launched six unique satellites at once. The six spacecraft represent a wide variety of scientific experiments and technology demonstrations from across the DOD, including the Air Force, Navy, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Department of Energy.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

THEMIS
Launch Date
February 17, 2007

The Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) mission is a constellation of five NASA satellites to study energy releases from Earth's magnetosphere, known as substorms. These magnetic phenomena intensify auroras near Earth's poles.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

NSS-8
Launch Date
January 30, 2007

NSS-8 will provide global communications network coverage to two-thirds of the world’s population, serving countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and Asia.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

XM-4
Launch Date
October 30, 2006

XM-4 will accommodate XM's direct broadcast of radio programming to cars, homes and portable radios throughout the continental United States and parts of Canada.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

STEREO
Launch Date
October 25, 2006

STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) is a solar observation mission. Two nearly identical spacecraft were launched into orbits around the sun that cause them to respectively pull farther ahead of and fall gradually behind the Earth. This will enable stereoscopic imaging of the Sun and solar phenomena, such as coronal mass ejections.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

KoreaSat 5
Launch Date
August 22, 2006

KoreaSat 5 will operate on behalf of South Korea's Agency for Defense Development and the KT Corporation - a leading telecommunications provider in the Asia-Pacific region.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

Galaxy 16
Launch Date
June 18, 2006

Galaxy 16 provides coverage for data and video services, including high-definition television (HDTV) broadcasts and IPTV (Internet Protocol Television), across the entire United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, in addition to Canada and Mexico.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

GOES-N
Launch Date
May 24, 2006

The multimission GOES series N-P is the next series of satellites. This series will be a vital contributor to weather, solar and space operations, and science. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are actively engaged in a cooperative program to expand the existing GOES system with the launch of the GOES N-P satellites.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta IV

CloudSAT and CALIPSO
Launch Date
April 28, 2006

NASA launched the CloudSat and the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) spacecraft to study the role that clouds and aerosols play in regulating Earth's weather, climate and air quality.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

Astra 1KR
Launch Date
April 20, 2006

The ASTRA satellite system is the leading direct-to-home (DTH) satellite system in Europe, delivering services to some 107 million direct-to-home and cable households. The ASTRA satellite fleet currently comprises 13 satellites, transmitting in excess of 1,600 analog and digital television and radio channels as well as multimedia and Internet services.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

JCSAT-9
Launch Date
April 12, 2006

JCSAT-9 joins nine other JSAT spacecraft currently in orbit, covering North America, Hawaii, Asia and Oceania with communications and broadcasting services for corporate and inter-company networks as well as international telecommunications services.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

Echostar
Launch Date
February 16, 2006

The Echostar spacecraft is designed to deliver direct-to-home broadcast services to DISH Network customers throughout the United States.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

Inmarsat 4 - F2
Launch Date
November 8, 2005

Inmarsat 4 - F2 is designed to provide high-speed mobile service to people throughout the Americas during its 13-year service life. It is one in a series of satellites designed to support the Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN).

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

Intelsat Americas-8 (IA-8)
Launch Date
June 23, 2005

The IA-8 satellite is designed to provide expanded coverage over the Americas, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Alaska with voice, video and data transmission and distribution services.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

Spaceway F-1
Launch Date
April 26, 2005

Spaceway F-1 will provide high definition television to DIRECTV customers with its Ka-band communications payload.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

Inmarsat-4 PFM
Launch Date
March 11, 2005

The Inmarsat 4 - PFM (or F1) spacecraft becomes the cornerstone in a sophisticated network providing mobile broadband communications services spanning the globe for users at sea, in the air, and on land.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

XM-3
Launch Date
February 28, 2005

The XM-3 spacecraft is a revised model from its two predecessors, which were deployed in 2001 before engineers discovered a crippling design flaw that degrades the power-generating capacity as the satellites age.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

DEEP IMPACT
Launch Date
January 12, 2005

NASA's Deep Impact mission was planned to help answer fundamental questions about comets, which included what makes up the composition of the comet's nucleus, what depth the crater would reach from the impact, and where the comet originated in its formation.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

Heavy Demo
Launch Date
December 22, 2004

The demonstration flight of the Delta 4-Heavy is a means of testing the rocket before critical national security payloads begin flying aboard the vehicle.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta IV Heavy

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