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ULA Notches Another Successful Mission with Flight of USAF Payloads on AFSPC-11

16 Apr 2018, 11:37 UTC
ULA Notches Another Successful Mission with Flight of USAF Payloads on AFSPC-11
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Amidst scattered clouds, United Launch Alliance (ULA) notched its fourth successful flight of 2018. The April 14, 2018, AFSPC-11 mission was a classified one, however, carried out on behalf of the United States Air Force.The Colorado-based company’s AV-079 Atlas V lifted off at 7:13 p.m. EDT (23:13 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to deliver two U.S. Air Force payloads to a geostationary Earth orbit (GEO).The workhorse of ULA‘s stable of launch vehicles, the Atlas V used for this mission was set up in its 551 configuration, signifying that it utilized a 5-meter payload fairing, five supplemental Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ-60A solid rocket boosters, and a single-engine Centaur stage.It was the eighth launch of this configuration of the 205-foot (62.5-meter) Atlas V with one of the most notable payloads having been sent aloft being NASA’s Juno spacecraft, which began its mission to Jupiter in August of 2011.Following the startup of the Russian-built RD-180 main engine, the vehicle quickly leapt off the pad with the ignition of the five supplemental solid rocket boosters and rose into the evening sky. Booster separation occurred nearly two minutes after liftoff, with the spent motors falling away to ...

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