Jen and I closed on our 1st condo in Cape Canaveral and decided to camp-out in our new place to watch the early morning launch from our balcony. We had two hours of sleep and then I spent over an hour with one eye open watching Spaceflightnow.com's webcast waiting for the house warming launch. What a great way to start Cape Life!
|AEHF3 ripping through the air and off the planet riding an Atlas 5|
|I ran across the condo so get this secondary photo of AEHF 3 near the constellation Orion on it's way to orbit|
The official stats (note: actually launched at 4:10am):
|Sept. 18||Atlas 5 • AEHF 3|
|Launch time: 0704 GMT (3:04 a.m. EDT)|
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-041, launched the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. Built by Lockheed Martin, this U.S. military spacecraft will provide highly-secure communications. The rocket flew in the 531 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Sept. 13. See our Mission Status Center. [Sept. 18]