VIDEO SPECIAL: Atlas V Rocket Lights Up Brevard

By  //  July 20, 2013

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Delicious Digg This Stumble This

U.S. Navy MUOS-2 satellite

The U.S. Navy Mobile User Objective System-2 (MUOS-2) weighs nearly 15,000 pounds and is the heaviest payload ever for an Atlas V. (United Launch Alliance video image)

The U.S. Navy Mobile User Objective System-2 (MUOS-2) weighs nearly 15,000 pounds and is the heaviest payload ever for an Atlas V. (United Launch Alliance video image)

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – A U.S. Navy’s MUOS-2 satellite blasted off successfully this morning at 9 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

The second satellite of the Mobile User Objective System will enable mobile users to communicate securely using smartphone-like features. (lockheedmartin.com image)

The second satellite of the Mobile User Objective System will enable mobile users to communicate securely using smartphone-like features. (lockheedmartin.com image)

The 44-minute launch window opened at 8:48 a.m., with lift-off at 9 a.m.

MUOS-2 is the second in a series of five planned Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellites, part of a six billion dollar program to replace the UHF Follow-On (UFO) satellites currently used by the US Navy.

The U.S. Navy Mobile User Objective System-2 (MUOS-2) weighs nearly 15,000 pounds and is the heaviest payload ever for an Atlas V. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the MUOS program. MUOS are among the heaviest unclassified spacecraft ever placed into geosynchronous orbit.

100 PERCENT SUCESS

Atlas V vehicles have achieved 100 percent mission success in launches from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida and Space Launch Complex-3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Built modularly with flight-proven elements, Atlas V has followed a carefully executed program of incremental improvements resulting in 100 percent mission success.

Providing our customers maximum flexibility, capability and reliability has been the foundation of the Atlas program, which has logged nearly 600 launches to date.

Loading the player ...

Click here to contribute your news or announcements Free