Atlas V 541 | Perseverance (Mars 2020) & Ingenuity (Mars Helicopter)

United Launch Alliance launch of a Atlas V 541 Rocket

United Launch Alliance is scheduled to launch a Atlas V 541 rocket as part of the Perseverance (Mars 2020) & Ingenuity (Mars Helicopter) mission. The launch window for the Robotic Exploration mission is on Thu, Jul 30th, 2020, 7:50 AM EDT from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch is Red. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!

Mission

Perseverance (Mars 2020) & Ingenuity (Mars Helicopter)

Mars 2020 mission with its Perseverance rover is a part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program. Perseverance is planned to land at Jezero Crater on February 29, 2021. Rover is tasked with searching for signs of possible past microbial lives, characterizing the planet's climate and geo-logy, and also collecting samples for a future return mission. Perseverance was developed by Jet Propulsion Laboratory and builds upon the design of previous NASA rover, Curiosity. Perseverance carries seven primary science instruments which will be used to study and characterize the environment in Jezero Crater. One of these instruments is an experiment to produce small amount of oxygen from Martian atmospheric carbon dioxide. Two other science instruments are located on rover's robotic arm, which is also eqipped with a rock drill and a camera. Perseverance also carries two microphones for public outreach and scientific purposes. Besides that, Perseverance carries a technology demonstration - the Ingenuity Martian Helicopter. It's a small autonomous solar-powered rotocrat, the first to attempt a powered flight in Martian atmosphere. Ingenuity was designed by JPL in collaboration with Lockheed Martin Space. It is planned to perform a series of test flights, which will demonstrate practicality of flight on Mars.

Location

Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Atlas V 541

Atlas V with 5m Fairing, 4 SRB, 1 Centaur upper stage engine.

United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. ULA was formed in December 2006 by combining the teams at these companies which provide spacecraft launch services to the government of the United States. ULA launches from both coasts of the US. They launch their Atlas V vehicle from LC-41 in Cape Canaveral and LC-3E at Vandeberg. Their Delta IV launches from LC-37 at Cape Canaveral and LC-6 at Vandenberg.