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SBIRS GEO-5

Atlas V 421

United Launch Alliance

Launch Status
Success

Mission

SBIRS GEO-5

Type: Government/Top Secret
Launch Cost: $123,000,000

Fifth geosynchronous satellite of the Space Based Infrared System program (SBIRS), providing capabilities for early missile warning and missile defense. SBIRS GEO-5 is the first satellite using Lockheed Martin’s LM2100 combat bus.

Mission patch for SBIRS GEO-5

Location

Space Launch Complex 41

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

865 rockets have launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, USA.

Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Atlas V 421 – United Launch Alliance

Family: Atlas
Length: 58.3 m
Diameter: 3.8 m
Launch Mass: 433 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 14067 kg

The Atlas V 421 was manufactured by United Launch Alliance with the first launch on 2007-10-11. Atlas V 421 has 9 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 9 launches. Atlas V is an expendable launch system in the Atlas rocket family. It was formerly operated by Lockheed Martin and is now operated by United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture with Boeing. Each Atlas V rocket uses a Russian-built RD-180 engine burning kerosene and liquid oxygen to power its first stage and an American-built RL10 engine burning liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen to power its Centaur upper stage. The RD-180 engines are provided by RD Amross, while Aerojet Rocketdyne provides both the RL10 engines and the strap-on boosters used in some configurations. The 421 version uses a 4m wide fairing, 2 solid rocket boosters and one engine on the Centaur stage.

Agency

United Launch Alliance

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: ULA
Administration: CEO: Tory Bruno
Founded: 2006
Launchers: Atlas | Delta IV | Vulcan
Spacecraft: CST-100 Starliner
Country: USA

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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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
1 year ago

Great track record for this Atlas 421. Well done to the team at ULA and maintaining our security a high priority.

Ryan Tran
Ryan Tran
1 year ago

GO GO GO GO GO, YOU CAN DO THIS ULA! I hope all go well for this mission because it alerted me.

Chick
Chick
1 year ago

Someone please enlighten me, “How do you get a temperature of 43F at launch?”

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Chick
1 year ago

We will have Rocket Monkey look into it.

Ryan Tran
Ryan Tran
Reply to  Rocket Monkey
1 year ago

huh?

Rocket Nerd
Rocket Nerd
1 year ago

The launch is at 17:37 whatever that is. Watching the live ULA feed. I think. No they said 1:37; is that 17:37??

Last edited 1 year ago by Rocket Nerd
Rocket Nerd
Rocket Nerd
1 year ago

The rocket already launched, but this website hasn’t refreshed. Watching the live ULA feed. Successful so far

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Rocket Nerd
1 year ago

The video feed is the best place to get updates during the launch.

joe
joe
1 year ago

no