Atlas V rocket launches SBIRS Geo-5 missile warning satellite for US Space Force

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched an Atlas V rocket into space today (May 18), marking the first launch of the year for the company. 

The two-stage rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex 41 here at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 1:37 p.m. EDT (1737 GMT), following a 24-hour delay due to an issue with the rocket’s liquid oxygen system. Perched atop the 194-foot-tall (59 meters) launcher is a missile-warning satellite for the U.S. Space Force

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