Most Powerful Atlas V Rocket blasts off with heavy U.S. Military Communications Satellite

Riding on pillars of smoke and fire as it departed Florida’s Space Coast, the most powerful Atlas V streaked towards orbit on Friday to deliver the fifth and final satellite for the U.S. Navy’s Multi-User Objective System.

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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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Atlas V puts on a Show, successfully lofts fourth MUOS Satellite

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket thundered into the early morning skies over Florida’s Space Coast on Wednesday, departing Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a long mission to deliver the fourth MUOS satellite to orbit for the Multi-User Objective System. Liftoff from Space Launch Complex 41 took place at 10:18 UTC, marking the start of a three-hour ascent mission, aiming for a highly elliptical Geostationary Transfer Orbit.

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