Single-Booster Atlas V Fires into the Night with Final Building Block of U.S. Missile Warning System

The final building block in a critical global missile warning system operated by the Pentagon took flight on Friday atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasting off into the night over Florida’s Cape Canaveral.

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Atlas V Rocket Poised for Nighttime Liftoff with Fourth SBIRS Missile Warning Satellite

A ULA Atlas V rocket rolled to its Cape Canaveral Launch Pad on Wednesday in preparation for a thunderous nighttime liftoff on Thursday to lift the fourth SBIRS missile-warning satellite into orbit to complete a constellation capable of spotting anything from tactical missiles to tracking the path of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.

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Atlas V lifts Crucial Missile Warning Satellite to Orbit in Successful Year-Opening Launch

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket thundered off from Cape Canaveral Friday night, carrying into orbit a crucial missile warning satellite for the U.S. defense forces to keep watch over potentially dangerous missile launches affecting the U.S. homeland and forces stationed abroad.

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Atlas V grounded by Technical Snag, fouled Range – Next Launch Attempt Friday Night

ULA’s Atlas V rocket stood fully fueled atop its Cape Canaveral launch pad Thursday night, but was grounded late in its countdown due to a technical issue holding up the planned liftoff with a $1.2 billion missile warning satellite and a wayward aircraft causing a violation on the Eastern Range in the day’s last attempt to get the workhorse launcher off the ground.

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