Atlas V 551
New Horizons

United Launch Alliance launch of a Atlas V 551 Rocket


United Launch Alliance was scheduled to launch a Atlas V 551 rocket as part of the New Horizons mission. The launch window for the Robotic Exploration mission was on Thu, Jan 19th, 2006, 2:00 PM EST from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!


Mission

New Horizons

New Horizons is an interplanetary space probe that was launched as a part of NASA's New Frontiers program. Engineered by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), with a team led by S. Alan Stern, the spacecraft was launched in 2006 with the primary mission to perform a flyby study of the Pluto system in 2015, and a secondary mission to fly by and study one or more other Kuiper belt objects (KBOs) in the decade to follow. It is the fifth artificial object to achieve the escape velocity needed to leave the Solar System.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Atlas V 551

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