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MULTI-SATELLITE PAYLOAD HOISTED INTO HIGH-ALTITUDE ORBIT BY ATLAS 5 ROCKET

MULTI-SATELLITE PAYLOAD HOISTED INTO HIGH-ALTITUDE ORBIT BY ATLAS 5 ROCKET A package of communications and tech demo satellites for the U.S. Air Force rode a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket into an orbit more than 20,000 miles over the equator after liftoff from Cape Canaveral Saturday evening. The dual-payload mission required the most capable version of ULA’s Atlas 5 rocket, a hot-rod launcher with five solid-fueled strap-on motors to add an extra boost during the fiery liftoff at 7:13 p.m. EDT (2313 GMT) from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 41 launch pad.   More



(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Apr 16)

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