Atlas V rolls out for Thursday Liftoff with classified Satellite Payload

A ULA Atlas V rocket rolled to its Cape Canaveral Launch pad on Tuesday to set up for a Thursday morning liftoff with the classified NROL-61 payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office responsible for the operation of all American spy satellites.

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Photos: All Orbital Launches of 2015

The year 2015 saw 87 orbital launch attempts from spaceports across the globe – 84 missions reached orbit in a year that saw 82 successful orbital launches. Here are photos of all of 2015’s space launches.

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2015 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2015 saw a total of 87 known orbital launch attempts operated by seven nations from space ports in eight countries.

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Mission Success for ULA’s 100th Space Launch – Atlas V boosts Morelos 3 to Orbit

It is an even 100 for United Launch Alliance, that is launches made into space. Friday saw the thundering liftoff of ULA’s Atlas V rocket, carrying into orbit the Morelos 3 satellite for operation by the Mexican government to provide data services across the country.

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Atlas V blazes into the Sunrise – Morelos 3 Ascent Mission underway

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 421 rocket made a pre-sunrise blastoff from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral on Friday, embarking on a long flight to deliver the Morelos 3 satellite to Geostationary Transfer Orbit for Mexico.

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Atlas V rolls to Cape Canaveral Launch Pad for Commercial Launch of Mexico’s Morelos 3

An Atlas V 421 launch vehicle made its way to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Thursday in preparation for a 10:08 UTC liftoff on Friday. It is a rare commercial launch of the Atlas V, lofting the Morelos 3 satellite for Mexico.

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