List of Atlas launches (1970–79)

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1970[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1970-02-08 Atlas E/F-Trident 96F VAFB LC-576A-3 REV test Suborbital Success
1970-03-13 Atlas E/F-Trident 28F VAFB LC-576A-3 REV test Suborbital Success
1970-05-30 Atlas E/F-Trident 91F VAFB LC-576A-3 REV test Suborbital Success
1970-06-09 Atlas E/F 92F VAFB LC-576A-1 REV test Suborbital Success
1970-06-19
11:37
Atlas-Agena D SLV-3A 5201A CCAFS LC-13 AFP-720 (Rhyolite-1) ELINT GTO Success
1970-09-01
01:00
Atlas-Agena D SLV-3A 5203A CCAFS LC-13 AFP-827 (Canyon-3) ELINT GTO Success
1970-11-30
22:40:05
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3C AC-21 CCAFS LC-36B OAO-B Astronomy LEO (target) Failure Payload fairing failed to separate
1970-12-22
08:38
Atlas E/F-Trident 105F VAFB LC-576A-3 REV test Suborbital Success

1971[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1971-01-26
00:36:03
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3C AC-25 CCAFS LC-36A Intelsat 4 F2 Comsat GTO Success
1971-04-05 Atlas E/F 85F VAFB LC-576A-1 REV test Suborbital Success
1971-05-09
01:11:02
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3C AC-24 CCAFS LC-36A Mariner 8 Mars probe Heliocentric (target) Failure Loss of control during Centaur burn, failed to orbit
1971-05-30
22:23:04
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3C AC-23 CCAFS LC-36B Mariner 9 Mars probe Heliocentric Success
1971-06-29
13:10
Atlas E/F-Trident 103F VAFB LC-576A-3 REV test Suborbital Success
1971-08-07
00:11
Atlas E/F-OV1 76F VAFB LC-576A-2 OV1-20
OV1-21
LEO Success
1971-09-01 Atlas E/F 74F VAFB LC-576A-1 REV test Suborbital Success
1971-12-04
22:33
Atlas-Agena D SLV-3A 5503A CCAFS LC-13 AFP-827 (Canyon-4) ELINT GTO (target) Failure First stage malfunction
1971-12-20
01:10:04
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3C AC-26 CCAFS LC-36A Intelsat 4 F3 Comsat GTO Success

1972[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1972-01-23
00:12:04
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3C AC-28 CCAFS LC-36B Intelsat 4 F4 Comsat GTO Success
1972-03-03
01:49:04
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3C AC-27 CCAFS LC-36A Pioneer 10 Jupiter probe Heliocentric Success
1972-06-13
21:53:04
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3C AC-29 CCAFS LC-36B Intelsat 4 F5 Comsat GTO Success
1972-08-21
10:28:02
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3C AC-22 CCAFS LC-36B OAO-3 Astronomy LEO Success Final flight of Atlas-Centaur SLV-3C
1972-10-02
20:10
Atlas E/F-Burner-2A 102F VAFB LC-576A-1 P72-1 LEO Success
1972-12-20
22:20
Atlas-Agena D SLV-3A 5204A CCAFS LC-13 AFP-827 (Canyon-5) ELINT GTO Success

1973[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1973-03-06
09:30
Atlas-Agena D SLV-3A 5202A CCAFS LC-13 AFP-720 (Rhyolite-2) ELINT GTO Success
1973-04-06
02:11:00
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-30 CCAFS LC-36B Pioneer 11 Planetary probe Heliocentric Success Maiden flight of Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D
1973-08-23
22:57:02
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-31 CCAFS LC-36A Intelsat 4 F7 Comsat GTO Success
1973-08-29 Atlas E/F 78F VAFB LC-576A-3 REV test Suborbital Success
1973-09-30 Atlas E/F 108F VAFB LC-576A-1 REV test Suborbital Success
1973-11-03
05:45:00
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-34 CCAFS LC-36B Mariner 10 Planetary probe Heliocentric Success

1974[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1974-03-06 Atlas E/F 73F VAFB LC-576A-1 REV test Suborbital Success
1974-03-23 Atlas E/F 97F VAFB LC-576A-3 REV test Suborbital Success
1974-05-01 Atlas E/F 54F VAFB LC-576A-1 REV test Suborbital Success
1974-06-28 Atlas E/F 82F VAFB LC-576A-1 REV test Suborbital Success
1974-07-14
05:17
Atlas E/F-PTS 69F VAFB SLC-3W P73-3 LEO Success
1974-09-08 Atlas E/F 80F VAFB LC-576A-1 REV test Suborbital Success
1974-10-14
04:46
Atlas E/F 31F VAFB LC-576A-3 REV test Suborbital Success
1974-11-21
23:43:59
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-32 CCAFS LC-36B Intelsat 4 F8 Comsat GTO Success

1975[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1975-02-20
23:35:00
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-33 CCAFS LC-36A Intelsat 4 F6 Comsat GTO (target) Failure Electrical malfunction during staging. RSO destruct at T+403 seconds.
1975-04-13
00:51
Atlas E/F-Star-17A 71F VAFB SLC-3W P72-2 LEO (target) Failure Rocket damaged by explosion of residual fuel in flame trench during launch, leading to engine failure during ascent. RSO destruct at T+303 seconds.
1975-05-22
22:04:00
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-35 CCAFS LC-36A Intelsat 4 F1 Comsat GTO Success
1975-06-18
09:00:00
Atlas-Agena D SLV-3A 5506A CCAFS LC-13 AFP-827 (Canyon-6) ELINT GTO Success
1975-09-26
00:17:00
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-36 CCAFS LC-36B Intelsat 4A F1 Comsat GTO Success

1976[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1976-01-29
23:56
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-37 CCAFS LC-36B Intelsat 4A F2 Comsat GTO Success
1976-04-30
19:12
Atlas E/F-MSD 59F VAFB SLC-3W OPS-6431 (NOSS-1) ELINT LEO Success
1976-05-13
22:28
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-38 CCAFS LC-36A Comstar D1 Comsat GTO Success
1976-07-22
22:04:00
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-40 CCAFS LC-36B Comstar D2 Comsat GTO Success

1977[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1977-05-23
18:13:00
Atlas-Agena D SLV-3A 5507A CCAFS LC-13 AFP-827 (Canyon-7) ELINT GTO Success
1977-05-26
21:47:01
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-39 CCAFS LC-36A Intelsat 4A F4 Comsat GTO Success
1977-06-23
09:16
Atlas E/F-SGS-1 65F VAFB SLC-3W NTS-2 Technology MEO Success
1977-08-12
06:29:31
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-45 CCAFS LC-36B HEAO-1 Astronomy LEO Success
1977-09-30
01:02:59
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-43 CCAFS LC-36A Intelsat 4A F5 Comsat GTO Failure Gas generator leak caused a fire in the engine compartment. RSO destruct at T+55 seconds following loss of control.
1977-12-08
17:45
Atlas E/F-MSD 50F VAFB SLC-3W OPS-8781 (NOSS-2) ELINT LEO Success
1977-12-11
22:45:01
Atlas-Agena D SLV-3A 5504A CCAFS LC-13 OPS-4258 (Aquacade-3) ELINT GTO Success

1978[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1978-01-07
00:15:00
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-46 CCAFS LC-36B Intelsat 4A F3 Comsat GTO Success
1978-02-09
21:17:01
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-44 CCAFS LC-36A FLTSATCOM-1 Comsat GTO Success
1978-02-22
23:44
Atlas E/F-SVS 64F VAFB SLC-3E GPS-1 Navigation MEO Success
1978-03-31
23:36:01
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-48 CCAFS LC-36B Intelsat 4A F6 Comsat GTO Success
1978-04-07
00:45:01
Atlas-Agena D SLV-3A 5505A CCAFS LC-13 OPS-8790 Aquacade-4 ELINT GTO Success Final flight of standard Atlas-Agena
1978-05-13
10:34
Atlas E/F-SVS 49F VAFB SLC-3E GPS-2 Navigation satellite MEO Success
1978-05-20
13:13:00
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-50 CCAFS LC-36A Pioneer Venus Orbiter Venus probe Heliocentric Success
1978-06-27
01:12
Atlas E/F-Agena D 23F VAFB SLC-3W Seasat Remote sensing LEO Success FInal launch of Atlas-Agena series
1978-06-29
22:24:59
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-41 CCAFS LC-36B Comstar D3 Comsat GTO Success
1978-08-08
07:33
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-51 CCAFS LC-36A Pioneer Venus Multiprobe Venus probe Heliocentric Success
1978-10-07
00:28
Atlas E/F-SVS 47F VAFB SLC-3E GPS-3 Navigation satellite MEO Success
1978-10-13
11:23
Atlas E/F-Star-37S-ISS 29F VAFB SLC-3W Tiros-N Weather satellite LEO Success
1978-11-13
05:24
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-52 CCAFS LC-36B HEAO-2 Astronomy LEO Success
1978-12-11
03:59
Atlas E/F-SVS 39F VAFB SLC-3E GPS-4 Navigation satellite MEO Success

1979[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1979-02-24
08:20
Atlas E/F-OIS 27F VAFB SLC-3W Solwind Solar LEO Success
1979-05-04
18:57:00
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-47 CCAFS LC-36A FLTSATCOM-2 Comsat GTO Success
1979-06-27
15:51:59
Atlas E/F-Star-37S-ISS 25F VAFB SLC-3W NOAA-6 (NOAA-A) Weather satellite LEO Success
1979-09-20
05:28
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-53 CCAFS LC-36B HEAO-3 Astronomy LEO Success

References[edit]

  • McDowell, Jonathan. "Atlas". Orbital and Suborbital launch database. Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  • Wade, Mark. "Atlas". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2009-04-20.