AMC-11 Successfully Launched
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.–Officials from International Launch Services said today that the AMC-11 satellite was placed successfully into orbit yesterday. The satellite was launched at 6:22 p.m. EDT on an Atlas IIAS rocket and was injected into a transfer orbit 28 minutes later.
The satellite, a Lockheed Martin Corp. [LMT]-built A2100 model for SES Americom, will work in conjunction with AMC-10 to form SES Americom’s premiere cable neighborhood and the platform for its HD-Prime service.
The mission was the 72nd consecutive successful launch from the Atlas vehicle family. The launch also marks the last time the Atlas II family of launch vehicles will be used for commercial launches. There is one more Atlas IIAS launch scheduled for later this year before the Atlas II vehicle family is retired.
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