Atlas 5 launch in a few hours

From: Kevin Fetter (kfetter@yahoo.com)
Date: Thu Dec 16 2004 - 22:13:17 EST

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    A atlas 5 rocket will place the AMC 16 satellite into orbit. AMC 16 satellite will be parked at 85
    degrees west, so it's ends up beside 
    
    AMC-9 (GE-12)
    1 27820U 03024A   04350.38775762 -.00000201  00000-0  00000+0 0  2485
    2 27820   0.0045 350.4673 0001407 281.0025 227.5559  1.00270386  5612
    
    Which will broadcast the launch over the c band frequency. I plan to watch the nightime launch on
    the c band satellite dish we have.
     
    The new bird, uses KU ( mini dish ) and KA band ( for example satellite internet access )
    frequencies. No C Band on it. 
    
    Launch can be viewed over the internet at
    
    http://streamvox.ninesystems.com/gemssv/ils121604/
    
    Launch time is planned for 9:41 UTC ( Dec 17 ) = 4:41 am EST ( Dec 17 ). So a early morning launch
    for some of us.
    
    Flight path of rocket ( Need adobe reader to view it )
    
    http://www.ilslaunch.com/launches/cbin/Mission_Overview/atlas/AMC_16_MO.pdf
    
    Adobe reader can be downloaded from
    
    http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
    
    So soon another geo sat to observe:) 
    
    Kevin
    
    
    		
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