Capitalism in space: ULA today successfully launched a military reconnaissance satellite using its Atlas 5 rocket.
This launch was the first Atlas 5 using these particular Northrop Grumman solid rocket boosters.
Because this was a military launch, the live broadcast ended at the moment the fairings were released, exposing the satellite. Final announcement of the satellite’s successful deployment will come later, assuming all goes well.
The leaders in the 2020 launch race:
4 Europe (Arianespace)
4 Rocket Lab
The U.S. now leads China 31 to 30 in the national rankings, with two more launches scheduled for the next two day. SpaceX is first with its second manned Dragon mission tomorrow, followed by Rocket Lab’s next launch from New Zealand on November 15.
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