ULA launches Atlas V rocket from Cape

2 GSSAP satellites for US Space Systems Command taken into orbit

ULA launches an Atlas V rocket from the Cape. (1/21/22) (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – An Atlas V rocket carrying two GSSAP satellites for the U.S. Space Systems Command into near geosynchronous Earth orbit launched Friday afternoon from Florida’s Space Coast.

United Launch Alliance launched the rocket at 2 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 41.

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ULA says the satellites will act like a neighborhood watch to improve flight safety for all spacecraft in that orbit, improving the ability to avoid collisions or near-collisions.

It’s the second launch this week from the Space Coast. A SpaceX rocket carrying a batch of Starlink satellites launched Tuesday evening from Kennedy Space Center.

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