Launch Dates


Inmarsat 3 due to launch at 1:37 p.m. ET Friday, September 6th aboard a
Proton launcher from Baikonur, Kazakstan.  No live launch video is
planned, AFAIK.

GE Americom GE-1 due to launch during a window of 5:49 p.m. to 7:38 p.m. 
ET Sunday, September 8th aboard an Atlas IIA from Cape Canaveral.  Live
launch coverage is scheduled to be on Spacenet 2, transponder 18 (per
International Launch Services, which likely means channel 22), with launch
commentary beginning at 5:15 p.m. ET.  Given the importance of this launch
to a number of customers, there may well be multiple feeds showing up,
including on Satcom K2. 

EchoStar II is due to launch during a window of 7:47 p.m. to 9:39 p.m. ET
Tuesday, September 10th aboard an Arianespace 42P launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana.  There will be live launch coverage.  Coordinates will be
posted in the next day or two, as soon as available.  (most likely G4/9)

Global positioning satellite GPS-27 is due to be launched during a window
of 4:49 a.m. to 5:20 a.m. ET on Thursday, September 12th from Cape
Canaveral aboard a McDonnell Douglas Delta II launcher.  Live coverage is
uncertain at this point. 

by Curt Swinehart

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