United Launch Alliance has released views from cameras mounted aboard the company's latest Atlas 5 rocket launcher, which show the blast of the Cape Canaveral rocket at dawn on August 8 with a US Air Force communications satellite.
The cameras have taken a spectacular video of the 60 meter high rocket launched at 6:13 pm EDT (1013 GMT) from Cape Canaveral's Complex 41 on 8 August. The Atlas 5 turned east with the Air over the Atlantic Fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency Communications Satellite from Force.
The camera views on board show the Atlas 5's five booster boosters, which are burned and dropped. Subsequently, the payload coverage of the rocket made in Switzerland is separated while the launcher climbs into the sunlight. The Atlas booster soon after discontinued its Russia-built RD-1
The video ends with a glimpse of the deployment of the Luftwaffe's AEHF-5 satellite Nearly six hours after launch, it's on its way to a geostationary orbit of more than 22,000 miles (nearly 36,000 kilometers) over the Equator.
The mission of 8 August was the 80th flight of the ULA Rocket Atlas 5 since 2002.
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