WATCH REPLAY: Atlas V Rocket Successfully Launches From Cape Canaveral Friday Night

By  //  January 20, 2017

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WATCH LIVE: United Launch Alliance launched the Atlas V 401 on Friday from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after Thursday’s scrubbed launch attempt. The launch took off as scheduled at 7:42 p.m. ET. Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for launch coverage.

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – United Launch Alliance launched the Atlas V 401 on Friday from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after Thursday’s scrubbed launch attempt. The launch took off as scheduled at 7:42 p.m. ET

The Atlas V rocket will carry SBIRS GEO 3, a satellite of the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) that is a consolidated system for United States infrared space surveillance.

Built by Lockheed Martin, the SBIRS GEO 3 satellite is deployed for the U.S. military to detect missile launches and provide other tactical support.

Mission Description: SBIRS, considered one of the nation’s highest priority space programs, is designed to provide global, persistent, infrared surveillance capabilities to meet 21st century demands in four national security mission areas including: missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness.

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Launch Notes: SBIRS GEO Flight 3 will be ULA’s first launch of 2017 and the 69th Atlas V mission overall. This mission marks the 34th Atlas V mission in the 401 configuration; the two previous SBIRS GEO missions also launched on the Atlas V 401 rocket.

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United Launch Alliance is set to launch an Atlas V 401 on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The 40-minute launch window opens at 7:42 p.m. EST.


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