CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - United Launch Alliance successfully launched its Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday.
The space company originally planned to complete on Saturday but discovered a leak in the rocket propellant ground storage system. A Sunday launch time was set but then also scrubbed. A third liftoff time was scheduled for Monday at 4:04 a.m. EST out of Canaveral. This was pushed once again to Tuesday at the same time.
However, about ten minutes before launch on Tuesday, ULA announced that a delay. A new launch time of 5:19 a.m. EST was announced.
ULA President and CEO Tory Bruno explained that the delay was caused by a hold for high-velocity upper-level winds.
At 5:19 a.m. EST, ULA confirmed the successful launch of the Atlas V rocket.
The rocket will reportedly carry a laser communications demonstration project into space. It will ultimately allow NASA to send and receive data from a terminal placed on the International Space Station. This is also said to be Atlas V's longest mission in history.
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