Press Release

TRW Oversees First Launch of Millennium Using Minuteman II to Boost Payloads Into Space; Student-Built Satellites to Ride Aboard

By SpaceRef Editor
January 10, 2000
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WHAT: TRW, the systems engineering and technical assistance
contractor for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems
Center, will oversee the first launch of the millennium at
Spaceport Systems International’s Commercial Spaceport this
week. The Spaceport’s maiden launch also marks the first time
a refurbished Minuteman II intercontinental ballistic missile
(ICBM) will be used to place a payload into space. The U.S.
Air Force launch is currently scheduled for Friday, Jan. 14,
at 7 p.m. PST.

TRW is responsible for technical oversight on this Air Force
program designed to provide a low-cost, reliable space launch
capability for the government by using surplus Minuteman II

Satellites built by students from the U.S. Air Force Academy,
Colorado Springs, Colo.; Weber State University, Ogden, Utah;
Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.; and Stanford
University, Stanford, Calif., will be among the payloads
riding aboard the modified ICBM on the JAWSAT (Joint Air
Force Academy – Weber State University Satellite) mission.

The entire event will be carried live via Webcast by TRW,
starting at 2 p.m. PST on Jan. 14
( Registration prior to the
event is required to obtain a password. Live satellite feed
info: Jan. 14, 2 to 8 p.m. PST (5 to 11 p.m. EST); Telstar
6C/11; uplink frequency: 6145; downlink frequency:
3920/vertical; arc position: 93 degrees west.

WHO: U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center
El Segundo, Calif.

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 14
Scheduled launch time: approximately 7 p.m. PST
For updated launch information, see

WHERE: Spaceport Systems International’s Commercial Spaceport
Vandenberg Air Force Base

CONTACT: TRW Inc., Redondo Beach, Calif.
Linda Javier, 310/812-4105 (310/386-1644 on launch day)

— See below list for launch participants’ points of contact —

Public Affairs Points of Contact for JAWSAT Launch

Air Force: Space & Missile Systems Center Public Affairs
Lt. Colleen Lehne, Media Relations, SMC Public Affairs
Work: 310/363-6827
Fax: 310/363-2549
DSN: 833-6827
[email protected]

Vandenberg AFB Public Affairs
Lt. Tom Knowles
[email protected]
Mr. Jack Hokanson
[email protected]
Fax: 805/606-8303
DSN: 276-3595

TRW Systems & Information Technology Group
Linda Javier, Public Relations Manager
Work: 310/812-4105
Fax: 310/812-1923
[email protected]

Orbital Sciences Corp.
Barry Beneski, Public Relations
Work: 703/406-5528
[email protected]

Spaceport Systems International
Dian Smith, Public Relations
[email protected]

Marshall Space Flight Center (NASA)
Steve Roy, Public Affairs
[email protected]

Arizona State University
Gary Campbell, Public Affairs
[email protected]

Stanford University
James Cutler
[email protected]

One Stop Satellite Solutions
Lewis Boynton
[email protected]

Weber State University
Jason Wanlass
[email protected]

Neil Talbott, Public Affairs
[email protected]

CONTACT: TRW Inc., Redondo Beach, Calif.

Linda Javier, 310/812-4105

SpaceRef staff editor.