The U.S. Air Force’s second Space-Based Infrared System destined for Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO-2) roars away from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 5:21 p.m. EST, 19 March 2013. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studios
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This is the edited NASA video from today’s United Launch Alliance Atlas rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Atlas V 401 rocket carried the latest Landsat satellite, dubbed LDCM (for Landsat Data Continuity Mission) into a polar orbit after a successful launch at 10:02 a.m. PST.
An Atlas V, in its “501” configuration with a 5.4-meter-wide (18-foot) payload fairing, no strap-on boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage, roars aloft with the National Reconnaissance Office’s NROL-41 payload. The RL-10 engine used by the Centaur has been the primary cause of more than a month of delays. Photo Credit: ULA