CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – After a 24-hour delay, United Launch Alliance launched a military satellite from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Launch Complex 41.
The launch of an Atlas V rocket was delayed Monday due to technical issues. At 1:37 p.m. Tuesday the Atlas V lifted off from the launchpad sending a U.S. Space Force Satellite into orbit.
The launch was originally scheduled for 1:31 p.m. but after a final assessment during the countdown mission managers shifted the liftoff time.
This launch put the Space Force’s fifth Space-Based Infrared System satellite, or SBIRS GEO-5, into orbit.
“SBIRS provides continuous surveillance to detect missile launches and provide early warning for the Unites States and our allies in an effort to save lives,” according to ULA.
There were also two ride-sharing payloads onboard this flight, both technology demonstration CubSats for the U.S. Air Force Academy.
The Atlas V was rolled out to the pad at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Launch Complex 41 on Saturday, just hours ahead of a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from Kennedy Space Center’s pad 39A. That launch carried 52 Starlink satellites into orbit for the private space company.
SBIRS GEO-5 marks ULA’s first Florida launch of the year and 16th overall for the Space Coast.
#AtlasV is powered up for today's launch. Propulsion and hydraulic system pre-launch preps for the first stage are being performed, as well as final preps for the Centaur upper stage's liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen systems. Live countdown updates: https://t.co/G1bS00gC85 pic.twitter.com/pqMZE3JJ0D— ULA (@ulalaunch) May 18, 2021
Launch Director Steve Huff has announced that we will not continue with countdown operations today. Another launch attempt will be possible in 24 hours, with tomorrow's target liftoff time at 1:31pmEDT (1731 UTC).https://t.co/G1bRZZZ1gx pic.twitter.com/U2rK5ryWnJ— ULA (@ulalaunch) May 17, 2021
News 6 partners Florida Today contributed to this report.
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