Missions

XM-2

Mission Overview

The XM-2 Mission was successfully completed with outstanding accuracy. The Sea Launch Zenit-3SL rocket lifted off from the Odyssey Launch Platform precisely on schedule at 2:33 pm PST on March 18, 2001. All phases of the flight profile performed nominally. The XM-2 "Rock" satellite separated from the Block DM Upper Stage in Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit, one hour and five minutes after liftoff. A signal from the spacecraft was acquired at a ground station in Perth, Australia, approximately five minutes later, as expected. The accuracy on this mission saved two days of transfer orbit on the way to the spacecraft's final destination in Geostationary Orbit.
 
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