Spaceflight Now Plus Coverage of Atlas 5
Updated: September 2, 2002

Coverage of the maiden flight of the Atlas 5 rocket for Spaceflight Now Plus subscribers. Find out how to get your own subscription.

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Video collection from launch pad cameras

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Launch day coverage

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Atlas 5 briefings

Animation of Atlas 5

Atlas 5 passes crucial first launch pad test

Atlas 5 unveiled in Denver

Complex 41 Virtual Reality


Video collection from launch pad cameras
East of the pad
Steam and smoke billow from the exhaust duct at Complex 41 as the Atlas 5 roars to life and lifts off. (16sec QuickTime file)
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Looking up
This launch pad camera positioned southeast of the rocket captures the vehicles climb away from the mobile launcher platform on the power of the Russian RD-180 main engine. (21sec file)
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South of the pad
A camera due south of the launch pad provides a spectacular view of the inaugural liftoff of Atlas 5. (23sec file)
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The backside
This unique angle of liftoff from the west shows the rocket emerging from behind the umbilical mast of the mobile launching platform. (27sec file)
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Wide-screen view
A wide-screen video replay of the maiden Atlas 5 rocket lifting off from Cape Canaveral as seen from the Vertical Integration Facility. (25sec file)
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Zoom out
The space shuttle launch pad 39A comes into view from this camera as it zooms out while the Atlas 5 rocket clears the umbilical mast. (16sec file)
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NE lightning tower
The northeast lightning tower is the position of this camera that is focused on the base of the rocket and mobile launching platform to capture engine start and liftoff. (14sec file)
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SE lightning tower
The southeast lightning tower camera gives another view-point of the ignition and launch, as well as the pad's water suppression system at work. (18sec file)
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Icy blastoff
Chunks of ice break free from the super-cold first stage liquid oxygen tank as the Atlas 5 fires off as clearly seen in this south camera focused on the center of the rocket. (20sec file)
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Top umbilicals
The cluster of lines and umbilicals feeding from the mobile launching platform's mast to the top of the Atlas 5 and it's nose cone shrouding the Hot Bird 6 satellite pull away during the liftoff sequence. (12sec file)
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Center umbilicals
The fuel lines and umbilicals connected to the Centaur upper stage and interstage area are seen retracting at launch. (17sec file)
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Wind damper
The "wind damper" bar disconnects from the Atlas 5 during engine start, having completed its job of supporting the rocket from ground winds while on the pad. (15sec file)
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Platform umbilicals
Another camera on the northeast lightning tower is zoomed in so engineers can see the umbilicals retract from the rocket's liquid oyxgen feed line on the first stage and one of the holddown posts pull into the platform as the Atlas 5 lifts off. (12sec file)
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Holddown post
A camera on the surface of the mobile platform provides a terrific view of one holddown posts releasing the Atlas 5 rocket at liftoff. There are three such posts that the rocket rests upon. (12sec file)
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Music videos
Processing footage
Pre-launch preparations for the inaugural Atlas 5 launch set to music. (2min 19sec file)
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The launch
The maiden Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket launch set to music. (2min 07sec file)
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Launch day coverage
Pre-flight preps
An overview of how the new Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket was processed for launch at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Complex 41. (3min 33sec file)
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Liftoff of Atlas 5!
The inaugural Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying Eutelsat's Hot Bird 6 satellite, as see by ground and onboard cameras. (6min 03sec file)
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Centaur restart
As seen by the onboard video camera, the Centaur upper stage's RL-10 engine is reignited just after T+24 minutes to accelerate the Hot Bird 6 payload from a low parking orbit into a supersynchronous transfer orbit. (2min 00sec file)
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Spacecraft deployed
The Atlas 5 releases the Eutelsat Hot Bird 6 satellite to complete the inaugural launch of Lockheed Martin's new rocket. (27sec file)
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Celebrations
Officials from Lockheed Martin, International Launch Services, Eutelsat and Alcatel celebrate and make speeches in the control center after success was declared. (7min 43sec file)
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Air Force comments
Col. Susan Mashiko, the EELV systems program director for the U.S. Air Force, offers her thoughts following the successful debut launch of Atlas 5. (1min 14sec file)
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Time-lapse movies
Rocket stacking
The stages of the Atlas 5 rocket are hoisted into the Vertical Intergration Facility assembly building as seen in time-lapsed video. (42sec file)
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Roll to the pad
The Atlas 5 rocket is transported from the Vertical Intergration Facility to the launch pad in July for a countdown rehearsal as seen in time-lapsed video. (37sec file)
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Fueling
Super-cold liquid oxygen is pumped into the Atlas 5 rocket's first stage, causing the bronze stage to cover with ice as seen in time-lapsed video from an earlier countdown dress rehearsal. (29sec file)
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Atlas 5 briefings
Atlas 5 overview
John Karas, Lockheed Martin's vice president for Atlas 5 development, provides an overview of the Atlas 5 rocket and program. (26min 15sec file)
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The launch site
Len Phillips, Lockheed Martin's senior manager for design and activation, provides an overview of the Atlas 5 launch infrastructure and construction of Complex 41. (11min 07sec file)
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Launch processing
Mike Jacobs, Lockheed Martin's Atlas 5 launch conductor, provides a detailed overview of the Atlas 5 launch processing. (18min 41sec file)
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Animation of Atlas 5
Preview a Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 400-series rocket launch with this animation package of a 401 configuration vehicle lofting a communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit.
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This animation shows the launch of a Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 500-series rocket, which features a larger payload fairing and five solid rocket boosters.
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Atlas 5 passes crucial first launch pad test
Rollout
Watch 4-min, 20-sec movie of the Atlas 5 rocket rolling from the Vertical Integration Building to the open-air launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Complex 41.
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Atlas 5 unveiled in Denver
The first Atlas 5 rocket is unveiled at Lockheed Martin's Denver facility in this ceremony with emotion-stirring music.
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Complex 41 Virtual Reality
Rocket panorama

As the Atlas 5 rocket was preparing to roll off its launch pad for return to the Vertical Integration Facility to conclude the first countdown dress rehearsal, Spaceflight Now was there to capture this 360-degree panorama.
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Pad panorama

With the Atlas 5 rocket back inside the Vertical Integration Facility about 1,800 feet away, Spaceflight Now captured this 360-degree panorama from the base of the launch pad at Cape Canaveral's Complex 41.
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