A new US Air Force satellite was sent into space with the help of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket which was launched from Cape Canaveral on Thursday.
The impressive rocket has a height of 60 meters (or 197 feet) and is powered by a mighty RD-180 engine fueled with kerosene and a quintet of strap-on rocket boosters. The thunderous launch took place in the morning at 6.13 a.m., and early risers had a chance to it as it traveled over Florida.
With a combined output of 2.6 million pounds of thrust, the Atlas 5 rocket raced through the sky as it carried a valuable payload: the fifth AEHF communications satellite (Advanced Extremely High Frequency) which will provide a secure and potent communications protocol for the military and government representatives.
Atlas 5 Rocket Deployed A New US Air Force Satellite
A small investigation delayed the launch for 30 minutes as ULA experts investigated some issues related to the GPS mounted in the rocket and the steering system for the first stage. All the problems were fixed, and the approval for the launch was given within 4 minutes of an excellent launch window. As the rocket climbed into the upper layers of the atmosphere, a tear-shaped cloud appeared in the sky offering a spectacular vista.
The boosters and other components glistened in the sun after they were released from the rocket and started to fell into the Atlantic Ocean. The upper stage of the rocket released the first booster after four and a half minutes and a hydrogen-fueled engine offered enough power to propel the Lockheed Martin AEHF 5 satellite into the desired transfer orbit.
The target orbit was established a few hours later, and ground controllers began to communicate with the satellite and checked to see if everything is in order. The mission was deemed to be a success, and there were no incidents. The other four AEHF satellites were also launched with the help of Atlas 5 rockets.
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