Photos: Strongest Atlas V Rocket Races into Clear Afternoon Skies on U.S. Air Force Mission

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 23:13:00 UTC on April 14, 2018 with the Air Force Space Command 11 mission comprising the CBAS military communications satellite and EAGLE experimental platform. Utilizing the most powerful Atlas V version currently available, the mission was set for a complex three-burn, seven-hour flight profile to dispatch the two payloads directly into a Geostationary Drift Orbit.

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