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FLTSATCOM F8

Atlas G Centaur

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Success

Mission


FLTSATCOM F8

  • Type: Communications
  • Orbit: Geostationary Orbit

Military geostationary communications satellite

Location


Launch Complex 36B

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Launch Complex 36B has witnessed the launch of 76 rockets, including 76 orbital launch attempts, while Cape Canaveral, FL, USA, has been the site for 931 rocket launches.

Launch Complex 36B

Rocket


Convair Atlas G Centaur

The Atlas G, also known as Atlas G Centaur-D1AR was an American expendable launch system derived from the Atlas-Centaur. It was a member of the Atlas family of rockets, and was used to launch seven communication satellites during the mid to late 1980s. Atlas G consisted of an improved Atlas core with modernized avionics and stretched propellant tanks. The Centaur stage also had several updated components and other technical improvements. It was replaced by the Atlas I, which had an improved guidance system.

Agency


United States Air Force

The United States Air Force (USAF) is the air service branch of the United States Armed Forces, and is one of the eight uniformed services of the United States. Originally created on 1 August 1907, as a part of the United States Army Signal Corps, the USAF was established as a separate branch of the United States Armed Forces in 1947 with the enactment of the National Security Act of 1947.

United States Air Force
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