Approximately 184 seconds into flight, Falcon 9 s second stage s single Merlin vacuum engine ignited to begin a five minute, 35 second burn that delivered the THAICOM 6 satellite into its parking orbit
Then in 2020, Deep Space will bring one of these tiny rocks back to a parking orbit
near Earth to be harvested for its water, rocket fuel, and metals for in-space customers such as communications satellites that have run out of gas.
It is intended that the injection from the parking orbit
will be directed into a high- altitude "phasing" orbit whose apogee would be only slightly beyond the moon's orbit.
Programmable PFKs that contain multi-color LED status and alerts, and that can be programmed to perform any of the following functions: Busy Lamp Field (BLF), Call Appearance, Call Monitor, Centrex Flash, Day/Night Mode, Headset, Info, Park, Personal Speed Dial, Redial, Line Appearance, Parking Orbit
, Queue Appearance, Speed Dial, and Messages.
But Welsh said that once comets are knocked out of their parking orbit
in the outer reaches of a stellar system and fall toward a star, they heat up and evaporate.
The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent trajectory to place the Breeze M fourth stage, with the satellite, into a suborbital trajectory, from which the Breeze M will place itself and the spacecraft into a circular parking orbit
of 173 km (107.
8, the satellite fired its thrusters, left its working orbit, and entered into a permanent parking orbit
around the sun.
In attempting to make up for the Atlas shortfall, the Centaur upper stage first burn was 24 seconds longer and the proper parking orbit
Spacecraft Separation: Approximately 48 minutes after liftoff Parking Orbit
Parameters: Apogee Altitude: 166 nm (307 km/191 statute miles) Perigee Altitude: 89 nm (165 km/102 statute miles) ILS Mission Statistics: -- 1st ILS mission of the year -- 7th flight of Atlas V vehicle -- 2nd Atlas V launch for NASA -- 135th Atlas launch overall for NASA -- Atlas family has perfect record in 77 consecutive flights NEWS MEDIA ACTIVITIES All times are EST Pre-launch Briefing: 1 p.
Spacecraft Separation: Approximately 58 minutes after liftoff Parking Orbit
Parameters: Apogee Altitude: 100 nm (185 km/115 statute miles) Perigee Altitude: 80 nm (148 km/92 statute miles) ILS Mission Statistics: -- 6th flight of Atlas V vehicle -- 1st Atlas V launch for NASA and U.
Satellite Statistics: -- A2100 model -- 24 active Ku-band transponders -- 12 programmable Ka-band spot beams -- 15 years expected lifetime Mission Profile: Atlas V will place AMC-16 into orbit with a geosynchronous transfer orbit mission, using a parking orbit
ascent trajectory design with two Centaur burn phases.
The first three stages of the Proton used a standard ascent trajectory to place the Breeze M fourth stage, with the satellite, into a suborbital trajectory, from which the Breeze M then placed itself and the spacecraft into a circular parking orbit