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Launch Details

ORION 3 - Delta III

The Orion 3 broadcast video and data communications satellite was placed into a lower-than-expected orbit after its launch May 4, 1999, on a Boeing Delta III rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida. During the flight, the second stage completed its first burn as planned, and the engine restarted for the second burn, but immediately stopped. The second burn lasted less than 1 second versus the planned 2 minutes and 47 seconds. While this burn stopped prematurely, subsequent events continued as programmed including spacecraft separation. The Orion 3 was manufactured by Hughes Space & Communications of El Segundo, Calif.