Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral

Posted at 5:04 AM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 11:12:48-04

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Thursday morning.

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The mission's primary purpose is to place a Lockheed Martin-built satellite into orbit. The satellite is the fifth advanced extremely high frequency satellite known as AEHFS-5.

Ultimately there will be six of these satellites which will be used to provide global and secure communications for the military.

Also, the Atlas rocket had a CubeSat which will test new orbital debris tracking technology. The CubeSat separated from the rocket's upper stage.

The United Launch Alliance is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense Space and Security.