An Atlas V rocket launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station just before sunrise Friday morning, leaving a stunning display in the sky.
At 6:28 a.m., an Atlas V rocket rose into the sky over Cape Canaveral, creating a light show that could be readily seen in the Bay area. The rocket marks the 100th successful launch for the United Launch Alliance, the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing noted. The air force provided support for the launch, which was staged to carry a Mexican communications system into space.
“Our capabilities in space have always been, and will continue to be, leveraged through partnerships with industry,” Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander, was quoted in a media release as saying. “I am very proud of our team and their support of ULA’s historic record number of launches since 2006. We are the nation’s premier gateway to space and we stand ready to support.”
Friday’s launch was delayed by about 20 minutes courtesy of a boat that entered restricted waters in the area, but went off without a hitch otherwise.
United Launch Alliance is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing. The two powerhouses in aerospace technology formed the partnership to provide “reliable, cost-efficient space launch services for the U.S. government,” the alliance’s website states. Those launches are also staged for launch customers of the U.S. Government, including NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense and, in Friday’s case, the government of Mexico.