Mission History

Below is a listing of previous Astrotech Space Operations missions.

WGS-1
Launch Date
October 10, 2007

WGS-1 is a high capacity satellite communications system planned for use in partnership by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and the Australian Department of Defense.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

DAWN
Launch Date
September 27, 2007

Dawn's goal is to characterize the conditions and processes of the solar system's earliest epoch by investigating in detail two of the largest protoplanets remaining intact since their formations.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

WorldView
Launch Date
September 18, 2007

WorldView-1 is a commercial earth observation satellite owned by DigitalGlobe. The satellite will free capacity on DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite to meet the growing commercial demand for multi-spectral geospatial imagery.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

Phoenix (PAM)
Launch Date
August 4, 2007

As the very first of NASA's Mars Scout class, Phoenix combines legacy and innovation in a framework of a true partnership: government, academia, and industry.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

COSMOS (SkyMed-1)
Launch Date
June 7, 2007

COSMO-SkyMed is an Earth observation satellite system funded by the Italian Ministry of Research and Ministry of Defence and conducted by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), intended for both military and civilian use.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

STP-1
Launch Date
March 9, 2007

STP-1 was the first time the Air Force launched six unique satellites at once. The six spacecraft represent a wide variety of scientific experiments and technology demonstrations from across the DOD, including the Air Force, Navy, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Department of Energy.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

THEMIS
Launch Date
February 17, 2007

The Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) mission is a constellation of five NASA satellites to study energy releases from Earth's magnetosphere, known as substorms. These magnetic phenomena intensify auroras near Earth's poles.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

NSS-8
Launch Date
January 30, 2007

NSS-8 will provide global communications network coverage to two-thirds of the world’s population, serving countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and Asia.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

XM-4
Launch Date
October 30, 2006

XM-4 will accommodate XM's direct broadcast of radio programming to cars, homes and portable radios throughout the continental United States and parts of Canada.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

STEREO
Launch Date
October 25, 2006

STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) is a solar observation mission. Two nearly identical spacecraft were launched into orbits around the sun that cause them to respectively pull farther ahead of and fall gradually behind the Earth. This will enable stereoscopic imaging of the Sun and solar phenomena, such as coronal mass ejections.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

KoreaSat 5
Launch Date
August 22, 2006

KoreaSat 5 will operate on behalf of South Korea's Agency for Defense Development and the KT Corporation - a leading telecommunications provider in the Asia-Pacific region.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

Galaxy 16
Launch Date
June 18, 2006

Galaxy 16 provides coverage for data and video services, including high-definition television (HDTV) broadcasts and IPTV (Internet Protocol Television), across the entire United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, in addition to Canada and Mexico.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

GOES-N
Launch Date
May 24, 2006

The multimission GOES series N-P is the next series of satellites. This series will be a vital contributor to weather, solar and space operations, and science. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are actively engaged in a cooperative program to expand the existing GOES system with the launch of the GOES N-P satellites.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta IV

CloudSAT and CALIPSO
Launch Date
April 28, 2006

NASA launched the CloudSat and the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) spacecraft to study the role that clouds and aerosols play in regulating Earth's weather, climate and air quality.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

Astra 1KR
Launch Date
April 20, 2006

The ASTRA satellite system is the leading direct-to-home (DTH) satellite system in Europe, delivering services to some 107 million direct-to-home and cable households. The ASTRA satellite fleet currently comprises 13 satellites, transmitting in excess of 1,600 analog and digital television and radio channels as well as multimedia and Internet services.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

JCSAT-9
Launch Date
April 12, 2006

JCSAT-9 joins nine other JSAT spacecraft currently in orbit, covering North America, Hawaii, Asia and Oceania with communications and broadcasting services for corporate and inter-company networks as well as international telecommunications services.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

Echostar
Launch Date
February 16, 2006

The Echostar spacecraft is designed to deliver direct-to-home broadcast services to DISH Network customers throughout the United States.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

Inmarsat 4 - F2
Launch Date
November 8, 2005

Inmarsat 4 - F2 is designed to provide high-speed mobile service to people throughout the Americas during its 13-year service life. It is one in a series of satellites designed to support the Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN).

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

Intelsat Americas-8 (IA-8)
Launch Date
June 23, 2005

The IA-8 satellite is designed to provide expanded coverage over the Americas, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Alaska with voice, video and data transmission and distribution services.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

Spaceway F-1
Launch Date
April 26, 2005

Spaceway F-1 will provide high definition television to DIRECTV customers with its Ka-band communications payload.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit - 3SL

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