Saturday, August 22, 2015

Atlas V Rocket To Launch From Cape Canaveral On August 31, 2015

MUOS-4, the next satellite scheduled to join the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) secure communications network, has been encapsulated in its protective launch vehicle fairing for its August 31 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (photos courtesy of United Launch Alliance).
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The launch of a U.S. Navy satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 551 rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is scheduled for 4:07 a.m. EDT on Monday, August 31, 2015, with a 4-hour launch window.

This is the sixth Atlas V launch with a 551 configuration. Previous Atlas V 551 missions include three other MUOS missions as well as the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Juno mission to Jupiter.

MUOS-4 is the latest addition to a network of orbiting satellites and relay ground stations which provide secure communications with smart phone-like capabilities for mobile military forces.  The MUOS-1, MUOS-2 and MUOS-3 satellites launched in 2012, 2013 and January 2015, respectively. MUOS-5 is expected to launch in 2016. 

Where Can You Watch The Atlas V Rocket Launch?

Between Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral along the north side of State Road 528 (Map Location "2").

Along the beaches south of the Cocoa Beach Pier (Map Location "4"). There is metered parking in Cocoa Beach that only accepts quarters, so bring some change.

Where you will not be able to watch this launch:

The Canaveral National Seashore (Map Location "A"), Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (Map Location "B"), and Jetty Park (Map Location "3") will not be open until after the scheduled launch time. 

Also, beach parking north of the Cocoa Beach Pier is not allowed until 5 a.m. in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Map of Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.  Credit: Google.  
Rocket launch viewing locations added by Brevard Times.