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Mars 2020 (Perseverance rover & Ingenuity helicopter)

Atlas V 541

United Launch Alliance

Launch Status
Success

Weather Forecast During Launch


According to weather officials, there’s a 90% chance of favorable weather conditions at the time of the launch.

Mission


Mars 2020 (Perseverance rover & Ingenuity helicopter)

  • Type: Robotic Exploration
  • Orbit: Heliocentric N/A
  • Launch Cost: $145,000,000

Atop this ULA Atlas V rocket will be Perseverance, a car-sized rover which will explore an ancient river delta on Mars. Armed with a suite of six scientific instruments, Perseverance will primarily hunt for clues to the planet’s distant past, and hopefully uncover signs of ancient life and habitability. The rover also carries an experiment that’ll convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, a box-sized helicopter named Ingenuity that’ll demonstrate powered flight on Mars, and a system that enables the rover to leave behind samples for later retrieval and return to Earth during NASA and ESA’s ambitious sample return mission later this decade.

Location


Space Launch Complex 41

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Space Launch Complex 41 has witnessed the launch of 111 rockets, including 111 orbital launch attempts, while Cape Canaveral, FL, USA, has been the site for 942 rocket launches.

Space Launch Complex 41

Rocket


United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541

Atlas V with 5m Fairing, 4 SRB, 1 Centaur upper stage engine.

Atlas V 541

Agency


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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