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USSF-8

Atlas V 511

United Launch Alliance

Launch Status
Success

Mission

USSF-8

Type: Government/Top Secret
Launch Cost: $130,000,000

USSF-8 will launch two identical Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites GSSAP-5 and GSSAP-6 directly to a near-geosynchronous orbit approximately 36,000 km above the equator.

Data from the GSSAP will uniquely contribute to timely and accurate orbital predictions, further enabling space flight safety including satellite collision avoidance.

Unique to this mission is the first and only planned flight of the Atlas V 511 configuration.

Trajectory

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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 511 – United Launch Alliance

Family: Atlas
Length: 58.3 m
Diameter: 3.81 m
Launch Mass: 590 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 10986 kg

The Atlas V 511 was manufactured by United Launch Alliance with the first launch on 2022-01-21. Atlas V 511 has 1 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 1 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 511 version uses a 5m wide fairing, 1 solid rocket booster 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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Judy
Judy
11 months ago

Good luck to Atlas V 511 on its first launch .
May the spirit of space exploration be with you .

colleen
colleen
10 months ago

Go For Launch Atlas V 511! The Best to You!

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
10 months ago

Great launch and video cam and as you say USSF “always vigilant, always watching”.