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34th RocketCam™ Success on Atlas 5 Launch

2005 Mar 11

*** UPDATE as of March 11, 5:15 pm EST***: The launch scheduled for today was successful! Liftoff was at 4:42 pm EST. Both Ecliptic RocketCam cameras provided desired video to Atlas mission control and other interested audiences. As of 5:15 pm EST the Atlas 5 Centaur stage was in Earth orbit and had completed its second planned orbit shaping burn and released the Inmarsat 4 F-1 spacecraft. Also the link to Spaceflight Now below for detailed updates. This was the 34th successful RocketCam launch since 1997.

*** UPADTE as of March 10, 5 pm EST***: The launch scheduled for today was scrubbed with just a couple of minutes before liftoff due to one or more technical difficulties onboard the Atlas 5 rocket. It has been rescheduled for Friday, March 11, at the same time as the original launch date, 4:42 to 4:57 pm. Also see the link to Spaceflight Now below.

Original News Posting From March 8

The largest Atlas 5 rocket to date is scheduled for launch on March 10 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying the huge Inmarsat 4 F-1 spacecraft to orbit. The launch window is from 4:42 to 4:57 p.m. EST, though current weather predicts for launch day indicate a fair chance of poor conditions, which could lead to a launch slip.

Two RocketCam™ cameras will follow the launch and ascent action live. Launch service provder International Launch Services will include this content in their planned live webcast.

In addition to what appears at the ILS website, an excellent mission overview and live launch coverage appears at Spaceflight Now. Check this site for current launch status information.

This launch will be the third project in 2005 using RocketCam, the seventh Atlas launch and the 34th rocket launch since 1997 with RocketCam onboard.

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