Atlas V 541 | Mars 2020 (Perseverance rover & Ingenuity helicopter)

United Launch Alliance launch of a Atlas V 541 Rocket

Launch Status
Success

United Launch Alliance was scheduled to launch a Atlas V 541 rocket as part of the Mars 2020 (Perseverance rover & Ingenuity helicopter) mission. The launch window for the Robotic Exploration mission was on Thu, Jul 30th, 2020, 7:50 AM EDT from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch was Success with a 90% chance for favorable weather conditions. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Atlas V 541 and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

Mars 2020 (Perseverance rover & Ingenuity helicopter)

Atop this ULA Atlas V rocket will be Perseverance, a car-sized rover which will explore an ancient river delta on Mars. Armed with a suite of six scientific instruments, Perseverance will primarily hunt for clues to the planet's distant past, and hopefully uncover signs of ancient life and habitability. The rover also carries an experiment that'll convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, a box-sized helicopter named Ingenuity that'll demonstrate powered flight on Mars, and a system that enables the rover to leave behind samples for later retrieval and return to Earth during NASA and ESA's ambitious sample return mission later this decade.

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.