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Photos: Atlas 5 soars into clear skies over Cape Canaveral

3 monthes ago   |   By Spaceflight Now

Propelled by five strap-on solid rocket boosters and a Russian-made kerosene-fueled RD-180 main engine, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on March 26 with the U.S. military's sixth AEHF communications satellite.
The 197-foot-tall rocket fired away from pad 41 at Cape Canaveral at 4:18 p.m. EDT .
Riding 2.6 million pounds of thrust, the Atlas 5 arced toward the east from Florida's Space Coast. Nearly six hours later, the Atlas 5's Centaur upper stage deployed the Lockheed Martin-built AEHF 6 communications satellite into orbit, adding...
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