AIR FORCE STATION, FL – Skywatchers were treated to an afternoon delight with the
gorgeous sunset blastoff of the mightiest Atlas V rocket from the Florida Space
Coast on Saturday, April 14, delivering a multi-satellite payload of research satellites
to high earth orbit for the U.S. Air Force by rocket builder United Launch Alliance
Force Space Command (AFSPC)-11 mission lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41
on April 14 right at the opening of the launch window at 7:13 p.m. EDT.
is a multi-payload mission,” noted ULA.
Atlas V successfully delivered the payload codenamed AFSPC-11 to geostationary
orbit as planned some six hours after a flawless liftoff from the sunshine
AFSPC-11 payload is comprised of a stacked pair of satellites named CBAS and
forward payload is referred to as CBAS (Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM)
and the aft spacecraft is EAGLE (EELV Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA)
Augmented Geosynchronous Experiment), said Air Force officials.
“Today’s launch is a testament to why the ULA team continually serves as our
nation’s most reliable and successful launch provider for our nation’s most
critical space assets,” said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Government and
Commercial Programs, in a statement.
want to thank the entire ULA team, and the phenomenal teamwork of our mission
551- for the AFSPC-11 mission.
are augmented with 5 Aerojet-Rocketdyne solid rocket motors generating 2.6
million pounds of liftoff thrust.
producing 22,900 lb of thrust. The payload is encapsulated inside the short
version of the payload fairing that is 5 m (17 ft) in diameter.
and Eagle and stacked on top of one another inside the 5 meter (17 ft) diameter
mission,” according to a ULA fact sheet.
Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM) and the aft spacecraft is EAGLE (ESPA Augmented
GEO Laboratory Experiment).”
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