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ULA Atlas V lofts Landsat 9 into orbit for NASA and USGS

28 Sep 2021, 15:00 UTC
ULA Atlas V lofts Landsat 9 into orbit for NASA and USGS
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United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket lifts off with Landsat 9 for NASA and the United States Geological Survey. Credit: ULA
United Launch Alliance sent the newest Earth-observation satellite, Landsat 9, into orbit for NASA and the United States Geological Survey.
Landsat 9 was launched atop a ULA’s Atlas V rocket in the “401” configuration at 2:12 p.m. EDT (18:12 UTC) Sept. 27, 2021, from Vandenberg Space Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 3E in California.
The “401” configuration means the vehicle has a four-meter payload fairing, no strap-on solid rocket motors and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.
Liftoff of ULA’s Atlas V rocket with the Landsat 9 satellite was barely visible moments after lift off as the rocket soared into the fogginess of California skies and the area’s famous marine-layer.
The Earth observation satellite was launched on behalf of NASA and the United States Geological Survey, USGS, and was placed in a near-polar sun-synchronous orbit some 1 hour, 20 minutes after liftoff.
The Atlas V with Landsat 9 moments off the pad. Credit: ULA
While NASA was in charge of the construction, expansion and launching of Landsat 9, the USGS is poised to take control of archiving and will distribute ...

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