VIDEO: Atlas V Launch From Cape Canaveral

By  //  January 20, 2015

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Launch Window is from 7:42 p.m. to 8:26 p.m.

ABOVE VIDEO: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551  blastoff on Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station 

 BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The U.S. Navy’s third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-3) satellite, encapsulated inside a 5-meter diameter payload fairing, is set for liftoff from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Tuesday.

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The U.S. Navy’s third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-3) satellite, encapsulated inside a 5-meter diameter payload fairing, is set for liftoff from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Tuesday. (NASA image)

The Launch Window was at 8:04 p.m. 

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 will carry the U.S. Navy next-generation satellite into a geosynchronous orbit more than 22,000 miles above earth and provide 10 times more capability than the current systems in use by the military.

Atlas V MUOS-3 Mission Brochure

Rocket/Payload: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 will launch the Navy’s third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-3) satellite.

Date/Site/Launch Time: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The 44-minute launch window opens at 7:43 p.m. EST.

Viewing the Launch by Webcast: The live webcast will begin at 7:23 p.m. EST.

Atlas V MUOS-3 Satellite Coordinates

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 will carry the U.S. Navy next-generation satellite into a geosynchronous orbit more than 22,000 miles above earth and provide 10 times more capability than the current systems in use by the military. (NASA image)

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 will carry the U.S. Navy next-generation satellite into a geosynchronous orbit more than 22,000 miles above earth and provide 10 times more capability than the current systems in use by the military. (NASA image)

Mission Description: The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move.

MUOS will provide military users 10 times more communications capability over existing systems, including simultaneous voice, video and data, leveraging 3G mobile communications technology.

Launch Notes: MUOS-3 will mark United Launch Alliance’s first launch of 2015, and the 52nd Atlas V since the vehicle’s inaugural launch in 2002. MUOS-1 and MUOS-2 also launched on an Atlas V 551: MUOS-1 launched Feb. 24, 2012, and MUOS-2 launched July 19, 2013.

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