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Created 15-Nov-20
Modified 22-Jun-21
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Launch time: 5:32 p.m. EST
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida


A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket launches a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket flew in the 531 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. This is the first launch of an Atlas 5 rocket with new Northrop Grumman-built GEM-63 solid rocket motors, replacing the Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ-60A solid rocket motors used on previous Atlas 5s.

Photos taken from Playalinda Beach, about 6 miles away.
The three solid rocket boosters have separated.The three solid rocket boosters have separated.The three solid rocket boosters have separated.Payload fairing halves have separated.