Atlas IIAS Launch Of NRO Payload Postponed
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla, 26-JUN-04 --
The launch of an Atlas IIAS vehicle with a national security payload was postponed today because of a concern over launch vehicle avionics. Atlas engineers are conducting additional tests to confirm that avionics on the rocket are free from an anomaly discovered on another unit in the factory.
International Launch Services, rocket builder Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Air Force, and the customer, the National Reconnaissance Office, are working together on a closure plan for this concern and it is expected that in approximately one week a new launch date will be established.
For updated status, please check the ILS website, www.ilslaunch.com, or the ILS U.S. domestic Launch Hotline at 1-800-852-4980.