MUOS 1 hoisted atop its Atlas launcher


Posted: February 7, 2012

The U.S. Navy's first Mobile User Objective System satellite, dubbed MUOS 1, is hoisted into the open doorway at the Vertical Integration Facility at Cape Canaveral's Complex 41 for attachment atop the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket.

The mobile communications spacecraft is tucked inside the bullet-shaped nose cone that protects the satellite during ascent through Earth's atmosphere and then gets jettisoned from the rocket at T+plus 3 minutes and 22 seconds.

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Photo credit: United Launch Alliance

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