LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Fri May 15 1987
United States Air Force

Parcae 9A,B,C & MSD 9

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

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(3:45 PM UTC)

Launch Window Start

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(3:45 PM UTC)

Launch Window End

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(3:45 PM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

No Recovery Specified

Rocket Details

Name:

Atlas H

Description:

The Atlas H was an American expendable launch system derived from the SM-65 Atlas missile. It was a member of the Atlas family of rockets, and was used to launch five clusters of NOSS satellites for the US National Reconnaissance Office. Two flights also carried LiPS satellites, as secondary payloads for the United States Naval Research Laboratory.

Atlas H rocket
MISSION OVERVIEW
  • Type: Government/Top Secret
  • The Parcae satellites were passive ELINT satellites. MSD satellites were dispensers of triplets of ocean surveillance satellites.
COMPLEX OVERVIEW

Location

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Pad

Space Launch Complex 3E