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2004-Sep-01, 04:48 PM
SUMMARY: Despite a series of delays, a Lockheed-Martin Atlas IIAS rocket lifted off Tuesday night, carrying a secret payload for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The rocket lifted off at 2317 UTC (7:17 pm EDT) from Cape Canaveral's Pad 36A; payload separation of the satellite into its transfer orbit happened 73 minutes later. This was the last Atlas 2 rocket that will fly. After this launch, both the class of rocket, and Pad 36A will be retired.

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Martin Dawson
2004-Sep-01, 07:07 PM
From Martin Dawson, YAS & MSFS,
ILS President Mark Albrecht says the Atlas II has a 100% success record, he says no other launcher has acheived such a record, while I do not dispute the Atlas II record, I would like to point out the Saturn family, did any of them fail??? I don't think so!!!

2004-Sep-01, 07:30 PM
Originally posted by Martin Dawson@Sep 1 2004, 07:07 PM
I would like to point out the Saturn family, did any of them fail?
I agree. The Saturn V was a great rocket. The Saturn 1B looked kind of like a kludge, but it also worked. I suspect that between the lines Albrecht's statement was limited to the launchers currently available for commercial service to orbit.