Atlas V Launched Despite Technical Difficulties


Published Date : Aug 21, 2017

United Launch Alliance managed to successfully launch its Atlas V rocket recently, after handling technical difficulties that delayed the launch by nearly half an hour. The rocket was launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’ Space Launch Complex 41 at 8:29 a.m. instead of its original launch time of 8:03 a.m.

Learning from Mistakes

The launch was conducted by NASA to implement the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M into orbit. The launch was attempted once before this and was cancelled following too many complications. The recent launch was getting delayed due to damage detected on one of the satellite antennas on launch day. Additionally, there was an inquiry regarding an unspecified incidence that affected ground support tools. The agency has not revealed that these issues were, but that they did delay launch by quite a while.

Busy Month for ULA

The United Launch Alliance considers its Atlas V 401 rocket as a staple for most of its current mission. The rocket has already been used for 35 other missions before. These missions have ranged from national security missions to purely exploratory and scientific missions. The recent launch was the second one performed in this week alone, from Cape Canaveral. The earlier launch, conducted on Monday, was by SpaceX, a direct competitor to United Launch Alliance. The rocket was relaying payload to the International Space Station.