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7 *DB Chap 2 (11-58) 1/17/02 26 2:51 PM Page 26 NASA HISTORICAL DATA BOOK In addition, ELVs continued to provide backup support to STS customers during the early development and transition phase of the STS system. 1982 NASA launched nine missions on nine ELVs in 1982, using seven Deltas and two Atlas-Centaurs. 9 The Delta supported six commercial and international communications missions for which NASA was fully reimbursed: RCA’s Satcom 4 and 5, Western Union’s Westar 4 and 5, India’s Insat 1A, and Canada’s Telesat G (Anik D-1).
In March, an AtlasCentaur launch attempt of FltSatCom 6, a Navy communications satellite, failed when lightning in the vicinity of the vehicle caused the engines to malfunction. 15 1988 The ELV program had a perfect launch record in 1988 with six successful launches. In February, a Delta ELV lifted a classified DOD payload into orbit. This launch marked the final east coast Delta launch by a NASA launch team. A NASA-Air Force agreement, effective July 1, officially transferred custody of Delta Launch Complex 17 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to the Air Force.
Three launches used the Delta: one domestic communications satellite for Western Union, another for RCA, and an experimental satellite, called SCATHA, for DOD. A weather satellite was launched on an Atlas F by the Air Force for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). S. Government Printing Office (GPO), 1980), p. 39. 6 *DB Chap 2 (11-58) 1/17/02 2:51 PM Page 25 LAUNCH SYSTEMS 25 1980 Seven ELV launches took place in 1980: three on Deltas, three on Atlas-Centaurs, and one on an Atlas F.