A Roaring Start: WorldView-3 Satellite Launch
The roar of an engine. Billowing smoke. A streak of fire racing across the sky. These are the sights and sounds of a satellite launching into space – exhilarating and anxious moments for the launch team and spectators alike.
More than 100 spacecraft – 117 to be exact – have journeyed into space aboard an Atlas rocket. For commercial missions, including the WorldView-3 satellite launch, Lockheed Martin, provides the Atlas V rocket continuing a nearly flawless track record.
Tune in August 13 to watch the WorldView-3 launch aboard Atlas V.
Rocket/Payload: Atlas V 401 flying the WorldView-3 mission for customer DigitalGlobe.
Date: Wednesday, August 13
Site: Space Launch Complex 3 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch Time: The launch window opens at 11:29 a.m. PDT and closes at 11:44 a.m. PDT. Separation occurs approximately 20 minutes after liftoff and signal acquisition is 77 minutes after launch.
Launch Notes: WorldView-3 will be the 47th Atlas V mission since its inaugural flight in 2002. In all, there have been 117 successful Atlas launches in a row spanning more than two decades.
Atlas V ICO G-1: Blasting off from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., an Atlas V launches the ICO G-1 commercial satellite at 4:12 p.m., April 14, 2008. (Video: United Launch Alliance)