Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the 3rd Mobile User Objective System satellite (MUOS) for the USA Navy was launched at 8:04 p.m. EST Tuesday from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station inwards Florida. The MUOS-3 spacecraft volition ensure continued mission capability of the existing Ultra High Frequency Satellite Communications organization that volition render improved as well as assured mobile communications to the warfighter. “The ULA squad is honored to deliver this critical mission into range for the U.S. Navy as well as U.S. Air Force amongst the back upwardly of our many mission partners,” said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Atlas as well as Delta Programs. “The MUOS-3 spacecraft is the heaviest payload to launch atop an Atlas V launch vehicle. The Atlas V generated to a greater extent than than 2 as well as one-half 1 1000 1000 pounds of thrust at liftoff to come across the demands of lifting this almost 7.5-ton satellite. Today’s launch was the 200th Atlas-Centaur launch – a really sincere congratulations to the many women as well as men responsible for the incredible success of the Centaur upper phase over the concluding 5 decades!”
This mission was launched aboard an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) 551 configuration vehicle, which includes a 5-meter diameter payload fairing along amongst v Aerojet Rocketdyne venture rocket motors attached to the Atlas booster. The Atlas booster for this mission was powered yesteryear the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine as well as the Centaur upper phase was powered yesteryear the Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10C-1 engine. This is ULA’s 1st launch inwards 2015, the 52nd Atlas V mission as well as the 5th Atlas V 551 launch.
MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications organization designed to significantly amend terra firma communications to U.S. forces on the motion as well as about the globe.
“Congratulations to Team Patrick-Cape, our U.S. Navy partners, United Launch Alliance, Lockheed Martin as well as all our other mission partners for ensuring some other successful mission, our No. 1 priority hither at the 45th Space Wing,” said Col. Fairhurst, Air Force’s 45th Space Wing Vice Commander. “This was the instant launch of to a greater extent than or less 2 dozen missions nosotros bring scheduled on the Eastern Range for 2015. The success of every mission is due to the teamwork of all involved.”
“We are really proud of the squad as well as mission partners nosotros bring here,” he said, “who flawlessly deliver vital infinite capabilities for our Nation.”
MUOS-1 was placed into operational role for legacy terminal users inwards Nov 2012. MUOS-2 was launched inwards July 2013, as well as the side yesteryear side MUOS launch is planned for August 2015, according to the Navy Communications Satellite Program Office.
The organization volition undergo Multiservice Operational Test as well as Evaluation inwards Dec 2015 as well as volition laissez passer Full Operational Capability inwards 2017.
The EELV computer program was established yesteryear the USA Air Force to render assured access to infinite for Department of Defense as well as other authorities payloads. The commercially developed EELV computer program supports the sum gain of authorities mission requirements, spell delivering on schedule as well as providing pregnant toll savings over the heritage launch systems.
ULA’s side yesteryear side launch is the Delta II Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission for NASA scheduled for Jan. 29, 2015, from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.