LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Wed Dec 18 1996
Lockheed Martin

INMARSAT III F-3

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

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(1:57 AM UTC)

Launch Window Start

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(1:57 AM UTC)

Launch Window End

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(1:57 AM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

No Recovery Specified

Rocket Details

Name:

Atlas IIA

Description:

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.

Atlas IIA rocket
MISSION OVERVIEW
  • Type: Communications
  • Launched in 1996-8, the Inmarsat-3s were built by Lockheed Martin Astro Space (now Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space) of the USA, responsible for the basic spacecraft, and the European Matra Marconi Space (now Astrium), which developed the communications payload.
COMPLEX OVERVIEW

Location

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Pad

Launch Complex 36A