Successful take-off for Atlas V rocket

- It was a successful lift-off for United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket Sunday morning. 

The Atlas V was carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance office. The mission was aboard an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle 421 configuration vehicle, which includes a 4-meter payload fairing and two solid rocket boosters. 

After several scrubbed launches last week and one yesterday, this is the first launch since Hurricane Irma and the 7th launch this year. 

"After recovering from Hurricane Irma that came through the area last month, and the last week's weather challenges, the team found the right opportunity today to deliver this critical national asset to orbit," said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch

United Launch Alliance's next launch for the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 for NASA and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is scheduled for November 10 at 1:47 a.m. PST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. 

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