Mission History

Below is a listing of previous Astrotech Space Operations missions.

STSS Demo
Launch Date
September 25, 2009

STSS Demo is an element of the STSS Program, a space-based sensor component of a layered Ballistic Missile Defense System designed for the overall mission of detection, tracking, and discrimination of ballistic missiles.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

PAN
Launch Date
September 8, 2009

“Palladium At Night,” or PAN, is a communications satellite, which was built by the Special Programs division of Lockheed Martin Space Systems for the US Government. The agency responsible for operating the spacecraft has not been disclosed.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

GOES-O
Launch Date
June 27, 2009

GOES-O will provide enhanced weather monitoring and prediction capability, communications subsystems to rebroadcast data, and space environmental monitoring instruments and sensors. In addition, the satellite will provide more accurate location of severe storms and other weather phenomena, resulting in earlier and more precise warnings to the public.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta IV

LRO/LCROSS
Launch Date
June 18, 2009

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) missions will help to set the stage for future exploration and scientific research. The LRO spacecraft will remotely sense evidence of resources such as water ice in cold regions of the moon. The mission will also carry LCROSS, which will directly determine if water ice occurs in an area of permanent shadow near the lunar poles.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

Sicral 1B
Launch Date
April 9, 2009

Sicral 1B will provide strategic and tactical communications services for the Italian armed forces, in Italy and abroad, as well as ensuring mobile communications with land, naval and air platforms. It will also provide NATO forces with UHF and SHF SATCOM capabilities.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

WGS-2
Launch Date
April 3, 2009

The WGS-2 mission is the second installment of the WGS system. The WGS satellites are important elements of a new high-capacity satellite communications system providing enhanced communications capabilities to America's troops around the world for the next decade and beyond.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

Kepler
Launch Date
March 6, 2009

The Kepler mission is designed to survey a portion of our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover dozens of Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

OCO
Launch Date
February 24, 2009

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) is a NASA satellite mission intended to provide global space-based observations of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Taurus XL

COSMO-SkyMed 3
Launch Date
October 24, 2008

COSMO-3 is the third satellite of the COSMO-SkyMed (Constellation of Small Satellites for Mediterranean basin Observation) constellation.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

IBEX
Launch Date
October 19, 2008

The Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission science objective is to discover the nature of the interactions between the solar wind and the interstellar medium at the edge of our solar system.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Pegasus

Galaxy-19
Launch Date
September 24, 2008

Galaxy 19 will offer government and network customers refreshed capacity, with seamless data communications for years to come.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

GeoEye-1
Launch Date
September 6, 2008

GeoEye-1 is part of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) NextView program. The NextView program is designed to ensure that the NGA has access to commercial imagery in support of its mission to provide timely, relevant and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

EchoStar-11
Launch Date
July 16, 2008

The EchoStar XI spacecraft is designed for an orbital service life of 15 years, with 20kW of power to support the expansion of DISH Network's capacity and capabilities to customers throughout the United States.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

OSTM
Launch Date
June 20, 2008

The Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM) on the Jason-2 satellite is an international Earth observation satellite mission that continues the sea surface height measurements begun in 1992 by the joint NASA/CNES TOPEX/Poseidon mission and followed by the NASA/CNES Jason-1 mission launched in 2001.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

GLAST
Launch Date
June 11, 2008

GLAST, now renamed the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, is a space observatory being used to perform gamma-ray astronomy observations from low Earth orbit.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

Galaxy-18
Launch Date
May 21, 2008

The Galaxy-18 satellite will enable Intelsat to provide advanced cable television, data and telecommunications services to customers throughout North America, Puerto Rico and Hawaii.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

ICO G1
Launch Date
April 14, 2008

ICO G1 will provide S band mobile communications for satellite phones. It is the heaviest satellite to be launched by an Atlas rocket, and the heaviest single commercial satellite to be launched into a geosynchronous transfer orbit.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

DirectTV-11
Launch Date
March 18, 2008

The satellite is designed to optimize DirecTV's advanced transmission techniques and state-of-the-art video compression technology for delivering national high-definition (HD) programming and local HD channels to subscribers throughout the United States.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

Thuraya-3
Launch Date
January 15, 2008

The mobile communications satellite will expand Thuraya's network coverage to include all key markets of the Asia-Pacific region.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

COSMO-2
Launch Date
December 8, 2007

The overall objective of the COSMO program is global Earth observation and relevant data responding to the needs of the military and scientific community, as well as to the public demand for environmental control.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

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