CAPE CANAVERAL Air Force Station, FL, May 16, 2000 –
Preparations are underway for a second launch attempt of the new Atlas III from Complex 36, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, this afternoon. The Lockheed Martin launch operations team is preparing for a 5:37 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time liftoff. Atlas III will launch the W4 satellite for EUTELSAT. The launch was scrubbed last night because of a malfunctioning radar at a Bermuda tracking station. The tracking station is expected to be up and running to support today’s launch operation.
The window remains the same , 5:37 to 7:57 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The weather forecast for today’s launch calls for 90% favorable conditions.
The launch will be broadcast on Telstar 6, Transponder 1, C-band, starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Tower Rollback:
Meet at the CCAFS South Gate at 2:00 p.m. to view tower rollback, which is scheduled for 2:37 p.m. We will leave no later than 2:10 p.m.
Launch Viewing:
Depart CCAFS South Gate at 4:00 p.m. to caravan to Press Site 1 for launch viewing.
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Julie Andrews (Cape Office)
321-730-5305, 5300
Cellular: 619-813-8355
Joan Underwood (LMSS Astronautics)
Pager: (888)369-2496