Mighty Atlas V gives Perseverance & Ingenuity a Lift

Cape Canaveral, FL – Yesterday at 0750 EDT, United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched an Atlas V 541 rocket from SLC-41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. To start off, the morning sunrise was absolutely beautiful.

Crystal Gabriel sets up her tripods for Mars 2020. SLC-37 on horizon | photo: Jon Van Horne

We had an excellent social distancing time with the likes of Seth Kurkowski, Daryl Sausse and Zac Hall. All scattered between other media outlets on the ITL Causeway.

…3, 2, 1… Lift Off!

ULA Atlas V 541 lifts off from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral AFS, FL | photo: Crystal Gabriel

ULA and Mars Missions

Atlas V

ULA and its heritage rockets have launched every U.S. led mission to Mars, beginning in the 1960s. The launch of this mission marks ULA’s 20th trip to the red planet and the 85th successful launch of an Atlas V rocket. The Atlas V has previously launched four missions to Mars, including the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2005, the Curiosity rover in 2011, the MAVEN orbiter in 2013 and the InSight lander in 2018.

Atlas V 541 hits MAX-Q, the point when an aerospace vehicle’s atmospheric flight reaches maximum dynamic pressure | photo: Crystal Gabriel

To date, ULA has launched 140 times with 100 percent mission success.

Listen to the Rumble and experience our wide angle view of the entire launch. From lift off to exiting Earth’s atmosphere.

We look forward to the Next Launch by ULA, which is slated for August 2020. The mission: NROL-44 for the National Reconnaissance Office. Launching on one of the few Delta IV Heavy launches prior to retirement.

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Jon Van Horne
Jon Van Horne

He began his career in media as a multimedia designer and developer in Montreal, Quebec. He developed a passion for media during his job in Photography and Video at a Montreal media content company. Other passions in media, photography/videography and soon going back to school in engineering.