Mexsat Morelos-3 Launch
“3…2…1…and we have liftoff!” Engines fire up, smoke billows and a low rumble begins as more than one and a half million pounds of thrust carry a satellite into space. Captivated spectators watch in awe as the rocket slowly disappears from view as it enters Earth’s upper atmosphere and continues out to find its place in orbit.
More than 100 spacecraft – 128 to be exact – have consecutively journeyed into space aboard an Atlas rocket. For commercial missions like the successful Oct. 2 launch Morelos-3 for Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transportation, Lockheed Martin’s Commercial Launch Services provides the Atlas V rocket that carries the satellite to its final destination in space. The United Launch Alliance-built Atlas V rocket boasts a flawless track record - now with a landmark 100 launches under its belt.
Go Atlas! Mission Overview
Rocket/Payload: Atlas V 421 flying the Morelos-3 communications satellite for Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation. Atlas V Morelos-3 Photo Gallery.
Date: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Site: Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Launch Time: Morelos-3 launched at 6:28 a.m. EST. Separation occurred approximately 3 hours after liftoff and signal acquisition was approximately 15 minutes after separation.
Launch Notes: Morelos-3 is the 57th Atlas V mission since its inaugural flight in 2002. In all, there have been 128 successful Atlas launches in a row, spanning more than two decades.
Atlas V Morelos-3 Launch Highlights
Atlas V Morelos-3 Launch Highlights (Video: United Launch Alliance)
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)