Busy year for expendable launch vehicles



There will be 18 space missions using expendable vehicles through the end of September 1981, according to Joseph B. Mahon, director of the Expendable Launch Vehicles Program for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The busy schedule involves launching a variety of scientific, weather, communications, and Department of Defense satellites from launch sites located at the Eastern Space and Missile Center, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; and the Italian-operated San Marco launch platform in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya. Seven of the 18 missions will be flown on Delta launch vehicles, seven on the Atlas Centaur, three will use the solid fuel Scout, and one, the Atlas-F.