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AFSPC-5 Successfully Launches from Cape Canaveral AFS

An Atlas V rocket successfully launches the AFSPC-5 mission from Cape Canaveral AFS's Space Launch Complex-41, May 20. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

An Atlas V rocket successfully launches the AFSPC-5 mission from Cape Canaveral AFS's Space Launch Complex-41, May 20. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

An Atlas V rocket successfully launches the AFSPC-5 mission from Cape Canaveral AFS's Space Launch Complex-41, May 20. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

An Atlas V rocket successfully launches the AFSPC-5 mission from Cape Canaveral AFS's Space Launch Complex-41, May 20. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

An Atlas V rocket successfully launches the AFSPC-5 mission from Cape Canaveral AFS's Space Launch Complex-41, May 20. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

An Atlas V rocket successfully launches the AFSPC-5 mission from Cape Canaveral AFS's Space Launch Complex-41, May 20. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the AFSPC 5 mission aboard a Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) procured United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V launch vehicle from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. at 11:05 a.m. EDT.  There were no issues reported with the launch. 

"Today's successful launch is the direct result of dedicated government/contractor teamwork and focus on mission success," said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, SMC commander. "This marks EELV's 83rd successful launch and we will continue our unwavering focus on mission success."

This was the fourth time that the X-37B has flown on an Atlas V launch vehicle.  The heart of the first stage is the common core booster which is about 106 feet in length and more than 12 feet in diameter. The common core booster can provide thrust up to 850,000 pounds at full throttle.

Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the U.S. Air Force's center of acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems. Its portfolio includes the Global Positioning System, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space based infrared systems and space situational awareness capabilities.

Media representatives who would like to submit questions or interview a subject matter expert about the EELV program should send an e-mail to smcpa.media@us.af.mil.