ADVISORY/Inaugural Launch of Atlas V for International Launch Services, Lockheed Martin
Payload: HOT BIRD(TM)6
Geostationary broadcast satellite
Separated mass: Approx. 8609 lbs (3905 kg)
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V, designated AV-001
Centaur upper stage
Weight at liftoff: 737,547 lbs (334,546 kg),
Fairing: 14 ft (4.2 m) diameter aluminum
Height: 191 ft (58 m)
Launch Date: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002
Launch Window: 89 minutes
6:05-7:34 p.m. EDT
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Launch Complex 41
Customer: Eutelsat, Paris, France
Satellite Manufacturer: Alcatel Space Industries, Paris
Launch Vehicle Atlas vehicle and Centaur upper stage built by
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver,
Colo.; San Diego, Calif.; and Harlingen,
Provider: International Launch Services, McLean, Va.
Satellite Use: High-powered satellite to deliver 600
television and 475 radio services to homes
across Europe, North Africa and the Middle
Satellite Statistics: -- Spacebus 3000B3 model
-- 28 Ku-band, 4 Ka-band transponders
-- SKYPLEX payload for on-board multiplexing
-- More than 12 years expected lifetime
Mission Profile: Inaugural flight of Atlas V will place HOT
BIRD 6 into orbit using a supersynchronous
mission design. This mission will use a
parking orbit ascent trajectory design with
two Centaur burn phases. The mission employs
in-flight retargeting, with a guidance
commanded shutdown. The satellite's own
attitude and orbital control system will
perform a series of burns to lower apogee and
raise perigee to geosynchronous altitude,
circularize orbit and reduce inclination.
Spacecraft Separation: About 311/2minutes after liftoff
Orbital Parameters: Apogee Altitude: 24,757 nm (45,850 km)
(@ Separation) Perigee Altitude: 170 nm (315 km)
Inclination: 17.57 deg
Flight Azimuth: 180 deg
ILS Mission Statistics: -- 1st flight of Atlas V
-- 6th ILS mission this year
-- Atlas family has perfect record in 60
NEWS MEDIA ACTIVITIES
All times are EDT
Vehicle Rollout: Meet at Cape Canaveral AFS Pass & ID Building
for badging at 7:40 a.m., with departure at
8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Media Briefings: Pre-launch news conference at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Radisson Resort in
Cape Canaveral, followed by lunch.
Post-launch news conference at 10 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Radisson.
Remote Camera Set-up: Photographers should meet at CCAFS Pass & ID
at 5:15 p.m. for departure at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Launch Viewing: Accredited media covering the launch should
meet at CCAFS Pass & ID at 3:40 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 21. Caravan in personal
vehicles with Air Force escort departs at
4 p.m. for the EELV Press Site.
Live Broadcast: Launch program will be carried on Galaxy 3,
transponder 1, C-band, 95 degrees West,
downlink frequency 3720 MHz (vertical). Test
signals begin about 5 p.m. EDT.
More Information: General mission information and a live webcast
of the launch will be available on the ILS
website at www.ilslaunch.com. Launch status
updates will be available on the ILS U.S.
domestic Launch Hotline at 1-800-852-4980.