TS News - Inmarsat Successfully Launched

TELE-satellit News, 19 December 1996

Inmarsat Successfully Launched
  CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida, USA, 96/12/18 (SatND) -- An Atlas IIA rocket
this morning successfully launched the third of the new-generation Inmarsat
mobile communications satellites into geosynchronous transfer orbit from
Cape Canaveral Air Station. Inmarsat-3 F3 follows the successful launches
of F1 and F2 aboard an Atlas from Cape Canaveral in April and the Russian
Proton from Baikonur in September.

  It was the 27th consecutive successful Atlas launch from CCAS and the
and final Atlas launch of 1996.

  Inmarsat-3 F3 was built by Lockheed Martin, which is responsible for
overall spacecraft design, manufacturing, assembly and testing. Matra
Marconi Space provided the communications payload onboard the satellite.
Once in final orbit, Inmarsat-3 F3 will provide global mobile
communications services on land, at sea and in the air. It will extend the
availability of the Inmarsat-phone service to almost all of the world's
land areas.

  By: Peter Klanowski
  Source: SatND

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