GBS F9 / Atlas IIA
Lockheed Martin Corporation successfully launched an ATLAS IIA launch vehicle on 20 October 1998 at 07:19:02 UTC. The ATLAS IIA launched from Cape Canaveral Air Statiion, Florida, carried the GBS F9 satellite to geostationary transfer orbit. GBS F9 ownership will be transferred to the U.S. Navy on orbit and is a Hughes Space and Communicaions Company HS 601 satellite. The series of UHF, EHF and GBS satellites are replacements for the FLTSATCOM and LEASAT satellites and will provide a global communication network serving ships at sea and a variety of other U.S. military fixed and mobile terminals.