Friday, July 19, 2013

Launch of MUOS-2 on Atlas 5 from CCAFS

It was a short launch as the rocket broke the cloud layer very fast, but it was still a great show. Photos taken from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station viewing area on the East-end of the NASA Causeway.

Launch of MUOS-2 on Atlas 5 from CCAFS 
Launch of MUOS-2 on Atlas 5 from CCAFS 
MUOS-2 on Atlas 5 breaking into the cloud deck.

The official stats from Spaceflight Now:
July 19 Atlas 5  •  MUOS 2
Launch time: 1300 GMT (9 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-040, launched the second Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite for the U.S. Navy. Built by Lockheed Martin, this U.S. military spacecraft will provide narrowband tactical communications designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move. The rocket flew in the 551 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, five solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. See our Mission Status Center. [July 19]


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