Rocket Launch: October 7, 2017 3:59 AM | ULA Atlas V NROL-52Oct 07, 2017 03:59 AM Kennedy Space Center, Launch Complex 41 Rocket Launch: October 7, 2017 3:59 AM | ULA Atlas V NROL-52
United Launch Alliance (ULA) will launch NROL-52 for the National Reconnaissance Office.
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The Atlas V rocket was introduced by United Launch Alliance (ULA) in August 2002. The Atlas V was developed to provide launch services to the U.S. government and is a part of the Atlas program which in total has logged more than 600 launches to date. Since their debut, Atlas V vehicles have achieved 100 percent mission success in launches from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and Space Launch Complex-3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The rocket uses a standard common core booster™ (CCB), up to five strap-on solid rocket boosters (SRB), an upper-stage Centaur in either the Single-Engine Centaur (SEC) or the Dual-Engine Centaur (DEC) configuration, and one of several payload fairings (PLF). The OA-7 mission rocket will fly in 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single RL-10C engine for the Centaur upper stage.