October 17, 2018
This morning, an Atlas V has launched in its 551 configuration (5 solid rocket boosters, 5 meter fairing, 1 engine centaur upper stage) to place AEHF-4, the 4th new generation communications satellite for the air force. The Atlas V was launched in it's most powerful configuration mainly for one reason, to put this satellite in a Mid Geostationary Orbit, meaning, it didn't get it all the way to its target orbit but close enough that the satellite itself doesn't have to put too much power into achieving it. More pictures to come.
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