ULA Atlas V rocket lifts Navy satellite into orbit

Atlas V launch

An Atlas V rocket blasted off into a beautiful Florida summer sky Friday morning, lifting a Navy communications satellite into orbit.

The United Launch Alliance rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at the first chance in its launch window, at 10:30 a.m.

The Atlas V successfully delivered the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) satellite into orbit, ULA announced late Friday morning.

It was ULA’s first launch of an Atlas V since a glitch occurred on an April blastoff that carried Orbital ATK’s Cygnus capsule into space on an International Space Station resupply run. That rocket’s first-stage engine cut off six seconds early, though ULA was able to overcome that glitch with a longer burn on the second stage engine — and the mission was a success.

But the anomaly delayed this launch from March 29 and again from May 12 and had left up in the air all other Atlas V launches until engineers could figure out and address the glitch. ULA fixed the problem.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


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