Re: NRO Atlas launch

Bill Bard (
29 Jan 1998 14:16:04 -0500

The only possible launches at a higher inclination or a more northerly 
launch azimuth that I can think of off hand might be a lunar (surveyor) 
or planetary (Mariner 8/9) launch. They might not have gone into earth 
orbit and they probably weren't much higher than 40 deg inclination, but 
that's just a guess.

Date: 1/29/98 1:57 PM
To: Bill Bard
From: Philip Chien
...From what I can determine this is the very first high inclination
Atlas-Centaur mission (e.g. > 30 degrees).  Launch azmiuth was 45 =