Atlas V 401

Active Atlas

United Launch Alliance (ULA)

Aug. 21, 2002

Description

An Atlas V with a 4 meter diameter fairing, no boosters and a single centaur upper stage engine.

Specifications
  • Minimum Stage
    1
  • Max Stage
    2
  • Length
    58.3 m
  • Diameter
    3.8 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
  • Thrust
  • Apogee (Sub-Orbital)
    40000 km
Family
  • Name
    Atlas V 401
  • Family
    Atlas
  • Variant
    401
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Atlas V 401
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $$115M
  • Low Earth Orbit
    9800 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    4750 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

United Launch Alliance

Commercial
CEO: Tory Bruno
ULA 2006

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.

Upcoming Spaceflights


Atlas V 401 | Landsat 9

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Jan. 14, 2021, midnight
Status: TBD
Mission: Earth Science

Landsat 9 is a partnership between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey to continue the Landsat program’s critical role in monitoring, understanding and managing the land resources needed to sustain human life. Landsat 9, like Landsat 8, will have a higher imaging capacity than past Landsats, allowing more valuable data to be added to the Landsat’s global land archive. Satellite will operaite in sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 705 km and has a mission lifetime of 5 years.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | Lucy

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Oct. 1, 2021, midnight
Status: TBD
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Atlas V 401 | JPSS 2 (Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft No. 2)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Jan. 1, 2022, midnight
Status: TBD
Mission: Earth Science

JPSS is a collaborative program between NOAA and NASA. JPSS-2 is one of five satellites that will comprise the JPSS constellation. These spacecraft gather global measurements of atmospheric, terrestrial and oceanic conditions, including sea and land surface temperatures, vegetation, clouds, rainfall, snow and ice cover, fire locations and smoke plumes, atmospheric temperature, water vapor and ozone.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | InSight, Mars Cube One 1 & Mars Cube One 2

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
May 5, 2018, 11:05 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Planetary Science

InSight is a robotic Mars lander designed to study the interior and subsurface of Mars, which would in turn help scientists to understand the Earth and Solar System history. Two 6U CubeSats will piggyback with the InSight mission to help relay communications during the probe's entry, descent, and landing (EDL) phase.

Heliocentric N/A #InSight
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Atlas V 401 | TDRS-M

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Aug. 18, 2017, 12:29 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

TDRS-M is an American communications satellite which is operated by NASA as part of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, which provides a multitude of communications services to a wide variety of missions.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | Cygnus CRS OA-7 (S.S. John Glenn)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
April 18, 2017, 3:11 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Resupply

This is the eighth planned flight of the Orbital ATK's unmanned resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its seventh flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Orbital ATK named the vehicle after astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth and pioneer of human spaceflight.

Low Earth Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | NROL-79

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
March 1, 2017, 5:49 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.

Low Earth Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | SBIRS GEO Flight 3 (SBIRS GEO-4)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Jan. 21, 2017, 12:42 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

This geostationary satellite is tasked with providing capabilities for early missile warning and missile defense.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | WorldView-4

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Nov. 11, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

WorldView-4 is a commercial Earth observation satellite to be launched into sun-synchronous orbit. It is operated by DigitalGlobe, which provides imagery for customers such as NASA and Google Earth/Maps. Satellite is to deliver high-quality imagery, with a resolution of up to 31 cm in panchromatic mode, and a resolution of 1.24 m in multispectral mode. To be launched along with the satellite are 7 cubesats. These are tasked with testing various technologies, from data relay and radiation study to a new ion propulsion system.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | Cygnus CRS OA-6 (S.S. Rick Husband)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
March 23, 2016, 3:05 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Resupply

This is the sixth flight of Orbital ATK's unmanned resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its fifth flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Orbital ATK named the vehicle after astronaut Rick Husband who was the commander of STS-107.

Low Earth Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | GPS IIF-12 (USA-266)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Feb. 5, 2016, 1:38 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Navigation

GPS IIF-12 is a next-generation GPS satellite which provides navigational assistance for U.S. military operations on land, at sea, and in the air.

Medium Earth Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | Cygnus CRS Orb-4 (S.S. Deke Slayton II)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Dec. 6, 2015, 9:44 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Resupply

This is the 4th mission under NASA's Commercial Resupply Service agreement with Orbital ATK. The unmanned Cygnus cargo vessel delievered approximately 3,500 kg (7,700 lbs.) of supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station. The craft features a longer, enhanced cargo module and remained berthed to the station for 2 months.

Low Earth Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | GPS IIF-11 (USA-265)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Oct. 31, 2015, 4:13 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Navigation

GPS IIF-11 is a next-generation GPS satellite which provides navigational assistance for U.S. military operations on land, at sea, and in the air.

Medium Earth Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | NROL-55 (Multipayload mission)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Oct. 8, 2015, 12:49 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

Low Earth Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | GPS IIF-10 (USA-262)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
July 15, 2015, 3:36 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Navigation

GPS IIF-10 is one of the next-generation GPS satellites for the U.S. Air Force, incorporating various improvements to provide greater accuracy, increased signals, and enhanced performance for users.

Medium Earth Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | GPS IIF-8 (USA-258)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Oct. 29, 2014, 5:21 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Navigation

GPS IIF-8 is a next-generation GPS satellite which provides navigational assistance for U.S. military operations on land, at sea, and in the air.

Medium Earth Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | CLIO (USA-257)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Sept. 17, 2014, 12:10 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

CLIO is a secret satellite procured by an unidentified US Government Agency from Lockheed Martin. The satellite is likely based on a commercial A2100A bus. Purpose and mission is not known.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | WorldView-3

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Aug. 13, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

WorldView-3 is a commercial Earth observation satellite, providing panchromatic, multispectre and infra-red imagery.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | GPS IIF-7 (USA-256)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Aug. 2, 2014, 3:23 a.m.
Status: Success
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Atlas V 401 | NROL-33 (Quasar)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
May 22, 2014, 1:09 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.

Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | DMSP-5D3 F19

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
April 3, 2014, 2:46 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

DMSP-5D3 (Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Block 5D3) is the eleventh and most recent version of the military meteorological satellites of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program.

Low Earth Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | TDRS-L

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Jan. 24, 2014, 2:33 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

TDRS-L is an American communications satellite which is operated by NASA as part of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, which provides a multitude of communications services to a wide variety of missions.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | MAVEN

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Nov. 18, 2013, 6:28 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Planetary Science

MAVEN is a Mars orbiter with a mission to study the martian atmosphere and how it was lost over time.

Heliocentric N/A
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Atlas V 401 | GPS IIF-4 (USA-242)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
May 15, 2013, 9:38 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Navigation

GPS Block IIF, or GPS IIF is an interim class of GPS satellite, which will be used to keep the Navstar Global Positioning System operational until the GPS Block IIIA satellites become operational.

Medium Earth Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | SBIRS GEO Flight 2 (USA-241) (SBIRS GEO-2)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
March 19, 2013, 9:21 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

This geostationary satellite is tasked with providing capabilities for early missile warning and missile defense.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | Landsat DCM (LDCM)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Feb. 11, 2013, 6:02 p.m.
Status: Success
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Atlas V 401 | TDRS-K

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Jan. 31, 2013, 1:48 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

TDRS-11, known before launch as TDRS-K, is an American communications satellite which is operated by NASA as part of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, which provides a multitude of communications services to a wide variety of missions.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | NROL-36 (Multipayload mission)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Sept. 13, 2012, 9:39 p.m.
Status: Success
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Atlas V 401 | NROL-38 (SDS) (USA-236)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
June 20, 2012, 12:28 p.m.
Status: Success
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Atlas V 401 | SBIRS GEO Flight 1 (USA-230) (SBIRS GEO-1)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
May 7, 2011, 6:10 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

This geostationary satellite is tasked with providing capabilities for early missile warning and missile defense.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Feb. 11, 2010, 3:23 p.m.
Status: Success
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Atlas V 401 | DMSP-5D3 F18 (USA-210)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Oct. 18, 2009, 4:12 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

The Defence Metoerological Satellite Program (DMSP) monitors meteorological, oceanographic and solar-terrestrial physics for the Department of Defence, managed by Air Force Space Command and operated by NOAA.

Low Earth Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | PAN (USA-207)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Sept. 8, 2009, 9:35 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

A classified US SIGINT satellite. The Government hasn't confirmed which agencies operate the satellite, nor its purpose.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | LRO/LCROSS

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
June 18, 2009, 5:32 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Planetary Science

LRO is the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA. Used to map the moon to identify safe landing sites, locating potential resources, characterizing the radiation environment and demonstrating new technologies. The LCROSS is the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, also for NASA. A low cost satellite in order to confirm the existance of water in the southern lunar crater, Cabeus.

Lunar Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | NROL-24 (USA-198)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Dec. 10, 2007, 10:05 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

A military reconnaissance satellite, it's purpose is classified.

Elliptical Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | NROL-30 & NOSS-3 (USA-194)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
June 15, 2007, 3:11 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

A military reconnaissance satellite, it's purpose is classified, launched with NOSS-3. An intelligence satellite for the US Navy.

Low Earth Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | STP-1

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
March 9, 2007, 3:10 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Dedicated Rideshare

Six satellites launched together as part of the Space Test Program.

Low Earth Orbit
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Proton-M Briz-M
Success
4 days, 19 hours ago
Ekspress-80 & Ekspress-103
200/39 (200L) - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Ekspress-80 and Ekspress 103 are communications satellites for Russian domestic communication services owned by RSCC (Kosmicheskiya Svyaz). Expres...


Atlas V 541
Success
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Mars 2020 (Perseverance rover & Ingenuity helicopter)
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Atop this ULA Atlas V rocket will be Perseverance, a car-sized rover which will explore an ancient river delta on Mars. Armed with a suite of six s...


Long March 4
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
Ziyuan-3-03
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Ziyuan is a series of remote sensing satellites in Sun-synchronous orbit around Earth. Ziyuan 3-02 is a Chinese Earth observation satellite, a high...


Soyuz 2.1A
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Progress MS-15 (76P)
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

The Progress resupply vehicle is an automated, unpiloted version of the Soyuz spacecraft that is used to bring supplies and fuel to the Internation...


Long March 5
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Tianwen-1 (Mars Global Remote Sensing Orbiter and Small Rover)
Wenchang - Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Tianwen-1 ("questions to heaven") Mars mission includes a Martian orbiter and a lander/rover duo. This will be China's first mission to Mars. The...