|Atlas 5 launches ICO G1
4/14/08 ~ 4:12pm
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An Atlas 5 rocket launches ICO G1 for ICO Global Communications on time at 4:12pm EDT April 14. ICO G1, at 14,625 lbs, is the heaviest satellite ever placed into geosynchronous orbit and the heaviest Atlas payload in history.
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|From the press site 3.9 miles away. 1800 feet to the right is the Atlas 5's Vertical Integration Facility (VIF):|
|Sometimes, placing a camera (third from top) very close (here about 300 feet) can result in being pummeled with SRB exhaust, which includes aluminum oxide and hydrochloric acid:|