Midnight In The Desert — Atlas V

The most powerful variant of the world’s most reliable rocket just launched

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The most powerful variant of the world’s most reliable rocket just launched

The Atlas V rocket is not the world's most powerful rocket, but it can credibly claim to be the most reliable. Before Friday morning, it had flown 62 times into space, completing its primary mission each time. That 100 percent mission success rate is unparalleled in the history of orbital rockets over so many flights. Accordingly, it's a source of pride for its manufacturer, United Launch Alliance. The 63rd flight on Friday was also a success, delivering the MUOS-5 satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit 31,000km above Earth for the US Navy. This is the final satellite in the five-satellite...

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