Friday, October 2, 2015

Boat enters Debris Zone, Cloud enters Photo Zone. #Morelos3 on #AtlasV @ulalaunch's 100th launch!

The launch window weather looked ideal for an early morning launch photo, but a boat snuck into the “falling debris zone” and they delayed the launch 20 minutes. This allowed a pesky cloud to enter the “photo zone”. Congratulations to United Launch Alliance on their 100th launch!

A brief moment in frame.
The full canvas the rocket should have painted at the nominal launch time.
How the scene looked before the launched was delayed due to a pesky boat in the way. The stars were out and a few clouds painted the low skies with pink and orange. A cruise ship was returning to the Port (large white moving city just left of center on horizon).

The official stats:
Oct. 2 Atlas 5   •  Morelos 3
Launch time: 1028 GMT (6:28 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-059, launched the Morelos 3, or Mexsat 2, communications satellite for the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation. The rocket flew in the 421 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, two solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Oct. 20. Moved up from Oct. 22. Read our full story. [Oct. 2]


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