December 18, 1989 |
Engineers at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center made final preparations for the twice-delayed maiden launch of a Titan 3 rocket tonight, the most powerful commercially developed booster built by an American company. The launch will mark the entry of Martin Marietta into the business of commercial launches. The 155-foot booster is scheduled to lift off at 7:20 p.m.
August 28, 1989 |
The first U.S. commercial satellite rocket was launched Sunday, propelling a $150-million British communications payload into orbit. The three-stage Delta booster, built by McDonnell Douglas Corp., left a fiery trail in a clear sky as it sped out over the Atlantic Ocean with the 2,700-pound Marcopolo 1 satellite packed in its nose cone.
August 26, 1989 |
A British communications satellite is to be launched Sunday on the first commercial American space rocket, the rocket's manufacturer said Friday. The satellite, Marcopolo 1, is to be sent into space by a three-stage Delta booster.