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New commercial eye in the sky launched

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New commercial eye in the sky launched into space

An Atlas 5 rocket carrying the most powerful Earth-imaging satellite ever built for the commercial market blasted off from California and streaked into orbit Wednesday, the latest in a series of rapid-fire flights by rocket-builder United Launch Alliance.

With a rush of flame and a billowing cloud of smoke, the 189-foot-tall Atlas 5 thundered to life at 2:30 p.m. EDT (GMT-4; 11:30 a.m. local time), vaulting away from launch complex 3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles.

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Atlas V WorldView-3 Launch Highlights

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the WorldView-3 satellite for DigitalGlobe launches from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services procured the Atlas V for this mission. This is the fourth successful launch in six weeks and the 87th successful mission since ULA was formed in December 2006.

Credit: United Launch Alliance

Source: United Launch Alliance - YouTube Channel

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