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Atlas II

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Success

Mission

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Type: Government/Top Secret

American communications satellite used for high priority communications between defense officials and battlefield commanders.

Location

Launch Complex 36A

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

847 rockets have launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, USA.

Launch Complex 36A, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Atlas II – Lockheed Martin

Family: Atlas
Length: 47.54 m
Diameter: 3.04 m
Launch Mass: 204 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 6580 kg

The Atlas II was manufactured by Lockheed Martin with the first launch on 1991-12-07. Atlas II has 10 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 10 launches. Atlas II was a member of the Atlas family of launch vehicles, which evolved from the successful Atlas missile program of the 1950s. It was designed to launch payloads into low earth orbit, geosynchronous transfer orbit or geosynchronous orbit. Sixty-three launches of the Atlas II, IIA and IIAS models were carried out between 1991 and 2004; all sixty-three launches were successes, making the Atlas II the most reliable launch system in history.

Agency

United States Air Force

Type: Government
Abbreviation: USAF

Country: USA

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