Atlas V Rocket Launches US Missile-Warning Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Florida today (Jan. 20) to put a missile-detection and early warning satellite into orbit for the U.S. military.

Launch was delayed one day after a plane flew into restricted launch airspace during the final minutes of the countdown on Thursday (Jan. 19). Liftoff had already been pushed back into the last minute of the 40-minute launch window to resolve an issue with sensors on the rocket’s RD-180 main engine.


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