Friday, April 03, 2009

ULA Atlas V Liftsoff from Cape Canaveral Tonight

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V departed from Cape Canaveral this evening on a mission for the United States Air Force to deploy a communications satellite which will assist the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Launch from complex 41 here at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station occurred at 8:31 pm EDT, following a smooth countdown which saw just a couple of slight issues.

Two minutes, 22 seconds into the launch profile, the Atlas V solid rocket boosters separated from the core stage as the rocket moved above an altitude of 30 miles, traveling 4,500 mph.

At 9:02 pm, word from Mission Control came that "we have spacecraft separation" from the Centaur upper stage.

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