Mysterious spacecraft CLIO is launched by Atlas V 401 rocket

by | Sep 19, 2014 | commercial launch services, Satellites | 0 comments

At 0010 GMT on 17 September 2014, an Atlas V 401 launch vehicle, operated by the United Launch Alliance (ULA),  lifted off from its launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida, USA, on its way to deliver a satellite payload dubbed CLIO to orbit.  According to spaceflight analyst Jonathan McDowell, the spacecraft used a Lockheed Martin A2100 bus design and was placed into a high-perigee Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) on its way to its final geostationary operating position.  The mysterious spacecraft is thought to be a signals intelligence spacecraft or possibly communications satellite.  The ownership of the spacecraft has not been identified except to note that it was for an unnamed US Government agency.

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