MS-5 Pre-Launch Release

Philip Chien (kc4yer@amsat.org)
Wed, 5 Nov 1997 21:43:32 -0400

Straight from the horse's mouth (so to speak) -


>DELTA II AND IRIDIUM(r) PAIR FOR FIFTH LAUNCH FROM VANDENBERG
>
>	HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., November 5, 1997 -- A Boeing Delta II
>will boost an
>IRIDIUM(r) payload containing five commercial satellites into low-Earth
>orbit no
>earlier than November 8 at 5:34:26 p.m. PST.
>	The launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., must take place
>within a
>five-second window.  The Delta II has successfully delivered 20 IRIDIUM
>satellites in four previous launches.  This next mission will be the fifth
>Delta
>launch for IRIDIUM within six months.  A total of seven IRIDIUM launches since
>May 5 have placed 34 satellites into orbit.
>	"This is the largest commercial satellite constellation ever
>launched by Boeing
>and we are very pleased with the success we have achieved thus far.  We would
>like to thank our teammates at Motorola and Iridium LLC for the opportunity to
>provide our launch services," said William Hampton, Boeing manager of Motorola
>Programs.
>	The Iridium constellation is a planned 66-satellite network, with
>11 satellites
>orbiting in six separate low-Earth, polar-orbital planes.  Once
>operational, the
>system will provide mobile telecommunications to virtually any location on the
>surface of the Earth.
>	Boeing will launch the majority of the satellites comprising the
>IRIDIUM
>constellation, playing a significant role in reaching Iridium's goal of
>providing worldwide mobile telecommunications service by late 1998.  The
>reliable Delta family of launch vehicles has a firm backlog of 17 launches
>scheduled for next year including the first Delta III.
># # #


Philip Chien [M1959.05.31/31.145//KC4YER@amsat.org]