ULA’s Atlas 5 rocket successfully launches military satellite


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Capitalism in space: United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket today successfully placed into orbit the first military satellite officially under the U.S. Space Force’s command.

The satellite is the fifth of a constellation designed to provide communications for all military operations.

The leaders in the 2020 launch race:

6 China
5 SpaceX
4 Russia
2 Europe (Arianespace)
2 ULA

The U.S. now leads China 9 to 6 in the national rankings.

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2 comments

  • john hare

    Noticed somewhere that this was the 500th RL 10 used. What’s the Merlin count to date?

  • geoffc

    Per Spacexstats.xyz there have be 91 launches. Ignore 5 F1. 86 F9 of which 3 were Heavies, so lets just say 86 for rounding purposes X 10 per flight = 860 (+ 3*18)

    So lots and lots.

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