ULA Atlas V Rocket Rolls to Pad at Cape Canaveral, Setting Stage for Friday Liftoff Written 21 January 2022


A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket rolls to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. | Credit: United Launch Alliance; NASA

Florida Today reports that a “nearly 200-foot Atlas V rocket rolled to its pad at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday, setting the stage for liftoff from Launch Complex 41 a little more than 24 hours later.” Just before noon, United Launch Alliance confirmed that the “rocket’s mobile platform secured itself on four “piers” at the pad, marking the end of rollout operations with two Space Force satellites onboard.” Unlike other rockets, “Atlas V is configurable based on mission needs. For this flight known as USSF-8, the rocket is set to the 511 configuration: a five-meter payload fairing, one upper stage engine, and one additional side-mounted solid rocket booster.” Liftoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Friday, the “opening of a roughly two-hour window.”
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