Japan’s Superbird-6 Satellite Successfully Launched By ILS
The Superbird-6 satellite lifted into orbit last night after a successful launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on an Atlas IIAS rocket provided by International Launch Services (ILS). Liftoff of the Atlas vehicle, built by Lockheed Martin [LMT], occurred at 8:45 p.m. EDT. The rocket released the satellite into its target transfer orbit 30 minutes later.
The mission marked the fourth launch conducted this year by ILS, a Lockheed Martin joint venture. It also was the second ILS launch for Tokyo-based Space Communications Corp. Both Superbird spacecraft are 601 model satellites from Boeing Satellite Systems (BSS) of Los Angeles.
The launch was the 80th mission carried out by the workhorse Atlas rocket, said ILS President Mark Albrecht.
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