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Jan. 21 Live Broadcast: Atlas V USSF-8

Watch live on Fri., Jan. 21, 2022 as ULA's Atlas V rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station with the U.S. Space Force (USSF) - 8 mission for...

Atlas V USSF-8

A ULA Atlas V 511 rocket will launch the U.S. Space Force (USSF) - 8 mission for the U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command (SSC). USSF-8 will launch two identical Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites—GSSAP-5 and GSSAP-6—directly to a near-geosynchronous orbit appr...

USSF-8

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Overview

Destination: Geosynchronous Orbit
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Geosynchronous Orbit Space Launch Complex 41 Cape Canaveral, FL, USA Probability: 90%

USSF-8 will launch two identical Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites GSSAP-5 and GSSAP-6 directly to a near-geosynchronous orbit approximately 36,000 km above the equator. Data from the GSSAP will uniquely contribute to timely and accurate orbital predictions, further enabling space flight safety including satellite collision avoidance. Unique to this mission is the first and only planned flight of the Atlas V 511 configuration.

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Updates

Jay • Jan. 22, 2022, 2:41 a.m.

Launch successful


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Atlas V 511

Family: Atlas
Configuration: 511

Atlas V is an expendable launch system in the Atlas rocket family. It was formerly operated by Lockheed Martin and is now operated by United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture with Boeing. Each Atlas V rocket uses a Russian-built RD-180 engine burning kerosene and liquid oxygen to power its first stage and an American-built RL10 engine burning liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen to power its Centaur upper stage. The RD-180 engines are provided by RD Amross, while Aerojet Rocketdyne provides both the RL10 engines and the strap-on boosters used in some configurations. The 511 version uses a 5m wide fairing, 1 solid rocket booster and one engine on the Centaur stage.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    58.3 m
  • Diameter
    3.81 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    5.4 m
  • Launch Mass
    590 T
  • Thrust
    5490 kN
Family
  • Name
    Atlas V 511
  • Family
    Atlas
  • Variant
    511
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Atlas V 511
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $130000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    10986 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    5250 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

United Launch Alliance

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CEO: Tory Bruno Founded: 2006 Successes: 154 Failures: 0 Pending: 33

Agency Type: Commercial

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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