CM – Space Force mission takes off from Florida after several delays

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December 7 (UPI) – One of the U.S. Space Force monitored mission to launch equipment aboard an Atlas V rocket that lifted off from Florida early Tuesday with a delay of several days.
The United Launch Alliance launched Mission Space Test Program-3 (STP-3) from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at around 5:19 a.m. EST Tuesday.
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December 7 (UPI) – One of the U.S. Space Force oversaw mission to launch equipment aboard an Atlas V missile that lifted off from Florida early Tuesday with a delay of several days.

The United Launch Alliance dispatched around 5:19 am Tuesday PM EST the Mission Space Test Program-3 (STP-3) from Launch Complex 41 of Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida into space.

The mission took off with experimental satellites and should reach geosynchronous orbit about 7 hours after leaving Earth. It also includes a NASA experiment to test data transmission with lasers.

Our official start time was 5: 19: 00.148amEST (1019: 00.148 UTC). The launcher is nominally working, and Centaur’s third ignition and spacecraft disconnection are due in a few hours. Live reports: https://t.co/LEV7vitjDL pic.twitter.com/kj6AkhJ24F – ULA (@ulalaunch) December 7, 2021

The launch was scheduled for last week but was delayed several times due to a leak in the Ground storage system for rocket fuel.

NASA announced on Sunday that the launch team had repaired the storage system but needed more time « to check the sample integrity of the fuel before refueling, » which postponed the flight to Tuesday.

The US Space Force’s space test program was created to fly experimental payloads to test technologies for potential future military missions. The STP-3 mission consists of a primary spaceship and a ride-on spaceship, most of which are classified.

The United Launch Alliance announced that the mission is conducting several Department of Defense space experiments. It’s ULA’s third launch this year in Florida.

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