Atlas V Launch Ready For Liftoff From Cape Canaveral, Window Opens At 10:30 a.m. ET
By Space Coast Daily // June 24, 2016
Live Broadcast Begins At 10:10 a.m. ET
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Friday with the live broadcast beginning at 10:10 am and the launch window opening at 10:30 a.m. ET.
Rocket/Payload: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 will launch the U.S. Navy’s fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin.
Date/Site/Launch Time: Confirmed on the Eastern Range for Friday, June 24, 2016, from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The 44-minute launch window opens at 10:30 a.m. EDT.
Webcast: The live broadcast will begin at 10:10 a.m. EDT.
Mission Description: The fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) satellite is the latest addition to a network of orbiting satellites and relay ground stations that is revolutionizing secure communications for mobile military forces.
Users with operational MUOS terminals can seamlessly connect beyond line-of-sight around the world and into the Global Information Grid. MUOS’ new commercial, cellular-based capabilities include simultaneous, crystal-clear voice, video and mission data, over a secure high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.
Launch Notes: MUOS-5 will mark the 63rd Atlas V since the vehicle’s inaugural launch in August 2002. MUOS-5 will be the seventh mission to launch in the 551 configuration; other missions launched in this configuration include four previous MUOS missions as well as the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Juno mission to Jupiter.