Atlas Rocket 5 ready for its journey

Atlas Rocket 5 is all set to roll out on Saturday. The crews at the United Launch Alliance are giving the final touches for the dispatch of three United States military satellites which would go up to the distance of over 20,000 miles up and above the earth’s surface. The rocket is scheduled to start off its journey at 7:13 p.m GMT. According to the sources the rocket will launch at its scheduled time with the help of most strong thrust. The launching will take place at the Cape Canaveral Complex. It will be accompanied by strong rocket boosters. It will also have a Russian made engine which will help to generate a total force of about 2.6 million pounds.

Details of the Rocket

Two very important space equipment will accompany the Atlas 5. One of them is a communication payload which is mainly meant for the military purpose. It will also include a spacecraft which is entirely funded by Pentagon. These equipment will accompany the journey of Atlas to such a point which is very much near to the geostationary orbit. This position is very important for any country to keep track on different security concerns. It involves various data spanning from missile-related information to different satellites which are being controlled by the military as well as various commercial companies.

According to the sources of the Air force, there will be some concerns with the weather conditions. It is likely that the launching activity may be delayed up to 9:11 pm GMT time. According to the weather forecasting, there will be gusty winds at the time of the Saturday evening. Chances of isolated rain will also be there. It is predicted that the temperature at the time of launching will be close to 77 degrees of Fahrenheit. The most important concern will be the presence of cumulus clouds. However, if the takeoff is delayed till Sunday, then chances will be very less of the launching since there will be thunderstorms and showers for a major area.

Launching Preparation

The ground staff did the excellent job of transferring the 197-foot tall rocket to the launching pad. It was transferred with the help of locomotives. Tracks were laid to cover up the 1800 foot journey.

Once it is firmly set up on the launching pad, the rocket would be attached to the ground propellant as well as the electrical supplies. The workers have also been assigned the job of loading RP-1 kerosene fuel into the rocket as the first stage of preparation.

Source: https://newsspaceflight.com/atlas-5-rocket-prepared-for-high-altitude-multi-satellite-journey-on-saturday/