Spaceflight Now: Atlas launch report


October 19, 2000 -- Read about the countdown and launch of the DSCS B11 communications satellite aboard a Lockheed Martin Atlas 2A rocket. Reload this page for the very latest on the mission.
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The Lockheed Martin Atlas 2A rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral with the DSCS B11 spacecraft.
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The bottom engine structure is separated from the Lockheed Martin Atlas 2A rocket nearly three minutes into flight.
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Animation of the DSCS satellite's early operations once in space.
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Flight data file
Vehicle: Atlas 2A (AC-140)
Payload: DSCS B11
Launch date: Oct. 19 2000
Launch window: 2336-0055 GMT (7:36-8:55 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-36A, Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Flight profile
Track the major launch events for the Atlas 2A rocket carrying the DSCS B11 satellite on Spaceflight Now's interactive flight profile page (requires JavaScript).

Pre-launch briefing
Launch preview - Read our story for a complete preview of the DSCS B11 launch.

Launch timeline - Chart with times and descriptions of events to occur during the launch.

Atlas 2A vehicle data - Overview of the rocket that will launch DSCS B11 into space.

DSCS - Description of the satellite to be launched on AC-140.

Launch windows - Listing of the available opportunities to launch in coming days.

Atlas index - A directory of our previous Atlas launch coverage.

The mission patch for DSCS B11. Photo: USAF