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50th EELV Launch Takes-off With Atlas V

21 Jun 2012, 03:51 UTC
50th EELV Launch Takes-off With Atlas V
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On June 20, an Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, carrying a spy satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office. The launch was the 50th Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) take-off, including 31 Atlas V and 19 Delta IV missions since 2002. “Twelve of the 50 EELV launches have been NRO missions and these [...]

The 50th EELV launch went off without a hitch (Credits: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now).
On June 20, an Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, carrying a spy satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office. The launch was the 50th Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) take-off, including 31 Atlas V and 19 Delta IV missions since 2002.
“Twelve of the 50 EELV launches have been NRO missions and these have been vital to our overall mission of delivering on commitments critical to our national security,” said Bruce Carlson, director of the National Reconnaissance Office. “I thank and congratulate ULA and the EELV program for the tremendous performance and achievement of this very impressive and noteworthy milestone.”
Spectators at Florida’s Playalinda Beach got the best view of the June 20 Atlas V launch (Credits: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now).
Although video of the launch was cut off ...

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