Mission History

Below is a listing of previous Astrotech Space Operations missions.

SEA LAUNCH DEMO
Launch Date
March 27, 1999

DemoSat was the first Boeing Sea Launch mission.

Launch Site
Sea Launch
Vehicle
Zenit-3SL

WIRE
Launch Date
March 4, 1999

The Wide-field Infrared Explorer (WIRE) was a small satellite carrying a cryogenically cooled infrared telescope designed to study starburst galaxies.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Pegasus

JCSAT - 6
Launch Date
February 15, 1999

The new satellite will allow JSAT to meet increased customer demand for multimedia and Internet access and will carry voice, data and television signals to Japan.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2AS

BONUM - 1
Launch Date
November 22, 1998

BONUM-1 serves European or West-Siberian parts of Russia, selectable on-orbit by ground command.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

IRIDIUM MS-11
Launch Date
November 6, 1998

This will be the eleventh Delta II launch for the Iridium system, a global wireless communication network combining the worldwide reach of 66 low-Earth orbit satellites with land-based wireless systems to enable subscribers to connect with hand-held telephones and pagers virtually anywhere in the world.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

UHF F/O - F9
Launch Date
October 20, 1998

UHF F/O F9 incorporates a Global Broadcast Service payload to greatly enhance the communications capability of the satellite.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2A

HOTBIRD - 5
Launch Date
October 9, 1998

HOTBIRD - 5 was later renamed Eurobird 2 and then finally Arabsat 2D.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2A

IRIDIUM MS-10
Launch Date
September 8, 1998

The IRIDIUM system was designed to communicate with hand-held wireless telephones worldwide.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

GALAXY X
Launch Date
August 26, 1998

Galaxy X was to significantly increase PanAmSat's domestic U.S. communications capabilities, delivering analog as well as digital cable TV channels and serving as a major pipeline for satellite-based telecommunications networks in the United States.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta III

INTELSAT - 805
Launch Date
June 18, 1998

The INTELSAT system provides voice/data and video services to customers around the world.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2AS

THOR III
Launch Date
June 9, 1998

THOR III will provide Ku-band and direct-to-home digital television to Norway and Northern Europe.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

IRIDIUM MS-9
Launch Date
May 17, 1998

The IRIDIUM MS-9 communications satellite was successfully put into orbit by a Delta II rocket.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

GLOBALSTAR - 2
Launch Date
April 24, 1998

The Globalstar global mobile communications network offers global, digital real time voice, data and fax via a constellation of 48 minisatellites.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

IRIDIUM MS-8
Launch Date
March 29, 1998

The IRIDIUM MS-8 communications satellite was successfully put into orbit by a Delta II rocket.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

UHF F/O - F8
Launch Date
March 16, 1998

UHF F/O - F8 incorporates a Global Broadcast Service payload to greatly enhance the communications capability of the satellite.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas II

INTELSAT - 806
Launch Date
February 27, 1998

INTELSAT 806 will serve an extensive video cable community in the Americas, with access to over 2,000 cablehead ends in Latin America. This was the 29th INTELSAT satellite to launch on an Atlas launch vehicle.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas 2AS

IRIDIUM MS-7
Launch Date
February 18, 1998

The IRIDIUM system was designed to communicate with hand-held wireless telephones worldwide.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

GLOBALSTAR - 1
Launch Date
February 14, 1998

The Globalstar global mobile communications network offers global, digital real time voice, data and fax via a constellation of 48 minisatellites.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

GEOSAT
Launch Date
February 10, 1998

GEOdetic SATellite (GEOSAT) was a US Navy satellite designed to measure sea surface heights to within 5 cm. After a one-and-a-half year long classified mission for the Navy, Geosat's scientific Exact Repeat Mission (ERM) began.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Taurus

SKYNET - 4D
Launch Date
January 9, 1998

The SKYNET - 4D program mission objective is to provide communications capability for the UK military satellite communications system.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

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