List of Atlas launches (1980–89)

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1980[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1980-01-18
01:26:00
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-49 CCAFS LC-36A FLTSATCOM-3 Comsat GTO Success
1980-02-09
23:08
Atlas E/F-SVS 35F VAFB SLC-3E GPS-5 Navigation satellite MEO Success
1980-03-03
09:27
Atlas E/F-MSD 67F VAFB SLC-3W OPS-7245 (NOSS-3) ELINT LEO Success
1980-04-26
22:00
Atlas E/F-SVS 34F VAFB SLC-3E GPS-6 Navigation satellite MEO Success
1980-05-29
10:53
Atlas E/F-Star-37S-ISS 19F VAFB SLC-3W NOAA-B Weather satellite LEO Failure First stage burn extended due to underperformance, second stage attempted to separate whilst first stage was still burning, reached useless orbit
1980-10-31
03:54
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-57 CCAFS LC-36A FLTSATCOM-4 Comsat GTO Success
1980-12-06
23:31
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-54 CCAFS LC-36B Intelsat V -502 Comsat GTO Success
1980-12-09
07:18
Atlas E/F-MSD 68E VAFB SLC-3W NOSS-4 ELINT LEO (target) Failure Booster engine failure shortly before separation, rocket turned 180 degrees and briefly flew backwards before exploding

1981[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1981-02-21
23:23
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-42 CCAFS LC-36A Comstar D4 Comsat GTO Success
1981-05-23
22:42
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-56 CCAFS LC-36B Intelsat V -501 Comsat GTO Success
1981-06-23
10:52:59
Atlas E/F-Star-37S-ISS 87F VAFB SLC-3W NOAA-7 (NOAA-C) Weather satellite LEO Success
1981-08-06
08:16:00
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-59 CCAFS LC-36A FLTSATCOM-5 Comsat GTO Partial failure Fairing collapsed during ascent, damaging spacecraft
1981-12-15
23:35
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-55 CCAFS LC-36B Intelsat V -503 Comsat GTO Success
1981-12-19
01:10
Atlas E/F-SVS 76E VAFB SLC-3E GPS-7 Navigation satellite MEO (target) Failure Atlas booster engine shutdown at T+7 seconds due to gas generator O-ring slip out of place; vehicle impacted ground at T+20 seconds[1]

1982[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1982-03-05
00:23
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-58 CCAFS LC-36A Intelsat V -504 Comsat GTO Success
1982-09-28
23:17
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-60 CCAFS LC-36B Intelsat V -505 Comsat GTO Success
1982-12-21
02:38
Atlas E/F-Star-37S-ISS 60E VAFB SLC-3W DMSP 5D-2/F6 Weather satellite LEO Success

1983[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1983-02-09
13:47
Atlas H 6001H VAFB SLC-3E OPS-0252 (NOSS-5) ELINT LEO Success Maiden flight of Atlas H
1983-03-28
15:52:00
Atlas E/F-Star-37S-ISS 73E VAFB SLC-3W NOAA-8 (NOAA-E) Weather satellite LEO Success
1983-05-19
22:26
Atlas-Centaur SLV-3D AC-61 CCAFS LC-36A Intelsat V -506 Comsat GTO Success
1983-06-09
23:23
Atlas H 6002H VAFB SLC-3E OPS-6432 (NOSS-6) ELINT LEO Success
1983-07-14
10:21
Atlas E/F-SGS-2 75E VAFB SLC-3W GPS-8 Navigation satellite MEO Success
1983-11-18
06:32
Atlas E/F-Star-37S-ISS 58E VAFB SLC-3W DMSP 5D-2/F7 Weather satellite LEO Success

1984[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1984-02-05
18:44
Atlas H 6003H VAFB SLC-3E OPS-8737 (NOSS-7) ELINT LEO Success
1984-06-09
23:03
Atlas G AC-62 CCAFS LC-36B Intelsat V -509 Comsat GTO (target)
LEO (achieved)
Failure Maiden flight of Atlas G, upper stage malfunction
1984-06-13
11:37
Atlas E/F-SGS-2 42E VAFB SLC-3W USA-1 (GPS-9) Navigation satellite MEO Success
1984-09-08
21:41
Atlas E/F-SGS-2 14E VAFB SLC-3W USA-5 (GPS-10) Navigation satellite MEO Success
1984-12-12
10:42:00
Atlas E/F-Star-37S-ISS 39E VAFB SLC-3W NOAA-9 (NOAA-F) Weather satellite LEO Success

1985[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1985-03-13
02:00
Atlas E/F-OIS 41E VAFB SLC-3W Geosat LEO Success
1985-03-22
23:55
Atlas G AC-63 CCAFS LC-36B Intelsat V -510 Comsat GTO Success
1985-06-30
00:44
Atlas G AC-64 CCAFS LC-36B Intelsat V -511 Comsat GTO Success
1985-09-28
23:17
Atlas G AC-65 CCAFS LC-36B Intelsat V -512 Comsat GTO Success
1985-10-09
02:53
Atlas E/F-SGS-2 55E VAFB SLC-3W USA-10 (GPS-11) Navigation satellite MEO Success

1986[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1986-02-09
10:06
Atlas H 6004H VAFB SLC-3E USA-15/16/17/18 (NOSS-8) ELINT LEO Success
1986-09-17
15:52
Atlas E/F-Star-37S-ISS 52E VAFB SLC-3W NOAA-10 (NOAA-G) Weather satellite LEO Success
1986-12-05
02:30:01
Atlas G AC-66 CCAFS LC-36B USA-20 (FLTSATCOM-7) Comsat GTO Success

1987[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1987-03-26
21:22:00
Atlas G AC-67 CCAFS LC-36B FLTSATCOM-6 Comsat GTO (target) Failure Launched into a thunderstorm due to mistake by weather officer, lightning strike caused guidance system to fail, destroyed by range safety
1987-05-15
15:45
Atlas H 6005H VAFB SLC-3E USA-22/23/24/25 (NOSS-9) ELINT LEO Success Final flight of Atlas H
1987-06-20
02:34
Atlas E/F-Star-37S-ISS 59E VAFB SLC-3W USA-26 (DMSP 5D-2/F8) Weather satellite LEO Success

1988[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1988-02-03
05:53
Atlas E/F-Star-37S-ISS 54E VAFB SLC-3W USA-29 DMSP 5D-2/F9 Weather satellite LEO Success
1988-09-24
10:02:00
Atlas E/F-Star-37S-ISS 63E VAFB SLC-3W NOAA-11 (NOAA-H) Weather satellite LEO Success

1989[edit]

Date/Time
(UTC)
Rocket S/N Launch Site Payload Function Orbit Outcome Remarks
1989-09-25
08:56:02
Atlas G AC-68 CCAFS LC-36B USA-46 (FLTSATCOM-8) Comsat GTO Success Final flight of Atlas G

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eleazer, Wayne. "Launch failures: the "Oops!" factor". The Space Review. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  • McDowell, Jonathan. "Atlas". Orbital and Suborbital launch database. Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  • Wade, Mark. "Atlas". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2009-04-19.