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The First Space Force Mission

Space Force,ULA,Atlas V
John Kraus
Erik Kuna
March 30, 202019:03 PM
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On Thursday, March 26th at 4:18 pm Eastern time, United Launch Alliance fired off their workhorse Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral with the AEHF-6 satellite for the newly established Space Force. This flight marked the first National Space Security mission for the Space Force since its official formation late last year.

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Mighty Atlas roars to life, igniting its RD-180 engine and five Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ-60A solid rocket boosters as birds flee from the launchpad.
(John Kraus for Supercluster)

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Atlas V climbs from Space Launch Complex 41 into clear, blue skies at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (John Kraus for Supercluster)

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5 Atlas V solid rocket boosters along with its main engine fire off Pad 41 at Cape Canaveral. (Erik Kuna for Supercluster)

 

 

 

 

Quick View: Atlas V 551

ENGINES

5 x solid rocket boosters — 1 x RD-180 — 1 x RL-10-C

STAGES

2.5

COST PER LAUNCH

$138M+

SUCCESSFUL LAUNCHES

83/83

MAX GEOSTATIONARY TRANSFER PAYLOAD

19,620 lb

MASS

1,300,000 lb

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13.3 miles away from the liftoff of the AEHF Atlas V. (Erik Kuna for Supercluster)

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A 30-second long exposure photograph captures the initial ascent of the Atlas V rocket as it heads to space. (John Kraus for Supercluster)

John Kraus
Erik Kuna
March 30, 202019:03 PM