United Launch Alliance celebrates 75th successful launch

An Atlas V rocket launches the AEHF-3 satellite into orbit. Photo: United Launch Alliance/Pat Corkery

An Atlas V rocket carrying the Advanced Extremely High Frequency-3 (AEHF-3) satellite for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida early in the morning of Sept. 18. It was United Launch Alliance’s ninth launch of an ambitious 12 mission schedule for the year.

“Today’s successful launch was the 75th since ULA was formed nearly seven years ago, the 40th Atlas V mission, and the fourth ULA launch in the last two months,” said ULA vice president Jim Sponnick. “The ULA team and our many mission partners emphasize a one-launch-at-a-time focus on mission success, along with a strong commitment to continuous improvement. These elements together are the keys to launching our customer’s missions successfully at this unprecedented tempo in a reliable and cost-effective manner.”

ULA’s next launch is the Delta IV GPS IIF-5 mission for the Air Force scheduled Oct. 17 from CCAFS in Florida.

This article appeared in the 3rd issue of RocketSTEM magazine.

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