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A close up look at the Atlas V rocket launch from Cape Canaveral

First flown in Aug. of 2002, the Atlas V has been launched 79 times before Thursday’s liftoff without failing or losing a payload, according to a NASA website.
A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41on Aug. 8, 2019.
Published Aug. 8
Updated Aug. 9

Photos courtesy of United Launch Alliance

A two-hour launch window opened at 5:44 a.m. and after “a couple of minor issues” were resolved, the NASA website said, the Atlas V lifted off at 6:13 a.m. just in time to capture the sun’s rays. United Launch Alliance declared the launch a success.

United Launch Alliance (ULA) hoists its Atlas V booster onto the mobile launch platform (MLP) at the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) adjacent to Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
United Launch Alliance (ULA) hoists its Atlas V booster onto the mobile launch platform (MLP) at the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) adjacent to Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rocket will launch the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) protected communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.

The rocket will deploy an advanced communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force, according to the NASA website.

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The fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) satellite for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is encapsulated inside a 5-meter-diameter payload fairing in preparation for launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
The fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) satellite for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is encapsulated inside a 5-meter-diameter payload fairing in preparation for launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
The fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) satellite for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, encapsulated inside a 5-meter-diameter payload fairing, is mated to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
The fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) satellite for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, encapsulated inside a 5-meter-diameter payload fairing, is mated to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
The fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) satellite for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, encapsulated inside a 5-meter-diameter payload fairing, is mated to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket with the AEHF-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center rolls from the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Atlas V is one of two rockets operated by United Launch Alliance, formed in 2006 as a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing under the Air Force’s National Security Space Launch program. Along withthe Delta IV rocket, Atlas conducts national security launches for the U.S. military and for commercial and scientific launches.

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket with the AEHF-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center rolls from the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket with the AEHF-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center rolls from the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket with the AEHF-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center rolls from the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
The sun sets behind the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The rocket stands poised to launch the AEHF-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center.
Sunset: Atlas V AEHF-5
A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:13 a.m. ET on Aug. 8, 2019.
A ULA Atlas V rocket lifts off.
A ULA Atlas V rocket lifts off.
United Launch Atlas 5 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral this morning August 8, 2019. The existing contrails is left in the sky and seen here looking east on 38th Ave., North in St. Petersburg after the launch just as the sun rises. Photo by Steve Martin

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