Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Atlas V Intelsat-14 Launch Information

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Rocket/Payload: Atlas V launching the commercial Intelsat-14 satellite on behalf of Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services.

Date/Launch Time/Site: Nov. 23, with a launch window of 12:50-2:20 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex-41, Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla. If the launch scrubs, the launch window for a second launch attempt on Nov. 24 is the same.

Launch Notes: This is fifth Atlas V launch of 2009 and the 19th overall launch in Atlas V program history. With the Intelsat-14 launch, nearly half of the Atlas V launches will have been commercial missions (nine commercial missions and 10 government missions). This mission, designated AV-024, will be launched aboard an Atlas V 431 configuration using a Common Core Booster powered by an RD-180 engine, three Aerojet strap-on solid rocket boosters, a Centaur upper stage powered by a Pratt & Whitney-manufactured RL10 engine and a 4-meter diameter fairing.

Payload Description: The Intelsat-14 spacecraft will provide high-powered video and data services through its 40 C-band and 22 Ku-band payload to customers throughout the Americas, Europe and Africa. It will replace the Intelsat IS-1R satellite once it’s operational. Intelsat-14 was built by Space Systems/Loral and also hosts a payload for the Internet Router in Space, or IRIS program, for the Department of Defense.

Watch the Launch Online: A live simulcast of the TV broadcast of the launch will be available on the ULA Web cast page beginning at 12:30 a.m. EST on launch day.

Launch Updates: To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321. Or follow our launch updates on Twitter at and


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