Atlas V 401 | LRO/LCROSS

United Launch Alliance launch of a Atlas V 401 Rocket

United Launch Alliance was scheduled to launch a Atlas V 401 rocket as part of the LRO/LCROSS mission. The launch window for the Planetary Science mission was on Thu, Jun 18th, 2009, 1:32 PM EDT from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch was Success with a 0% chance for favorable weather conditions. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!

Mission

LRO/LCROSS

LRO is the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA. Used to map the moon to identify safe landing sites, locating potential resources, characterizing the radiation environment and demonstrating new technologies. The LCROSS is the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, also for NASA. A low cost satellite in order to confirm the existance of water in the southern lunar crater, Cabeus.

Location

Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Atlas V 401

An Atlas V with a 4 meter diameter fairing, no boosters and a single 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.

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