Atlas V 401 | WorldView-4

United Launch Alliance launch of a Atlas V 401 Rocket

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United Launch Alliance was scheduled to launch a Atlas V 401 rocket as part of the WorldView-4 mission. The launch window for the Earth Science mission was on Fri, Nov 11th, 2016, 1:30 PM EST from Space Launch Complex 3E, Vandenberg AFB, CA. 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 401 and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

WorldView-4

WorldView-4 is a commercial Earth observation satellite to be launched into sun-synchronous orbit. It is operated by DigitalGlobe, which provides imagery for customers such as NASA and Google Earth/Maps. Satellite is to deliver high-quality imagery, with a resolution of up to 31 cm in panchromatic mode, and a resolution of 1.24 m in multispectral mode. To be launched along with the satellite are 7 cubesats. These are tasked with testing various technologies, from data relay and radiation study to a new ion propulsion system.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Space Launch Complex 3E, Vandenberg AFB, CA

Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
United States Air Force

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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