Editor's Update for 9:17 a.m. ET: Today's Atlas 5 launch sucessfully lifted off at 9:09 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and United Launch Alliance has stopped its video feed. A wrap story on the event will be posted shortly. Launch Photos: Atlas 5 Rocket Blasts Off with Secret NROL-33 Satellite (Photos )
An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket will launch a classified spy satellite payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office at 9:09 a.m. EDT (1409GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and you could watch it live courtesy of Spaceflight Now.
The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the NROL-33 satellite into orbit from Launch Complex-41 in Cape Canaveral. ULA will webcast live views of the Atlas 5 launch beginning at 8:45 a.m. EDT (1245 GMT).
Space.com partner Spaceflight Now has a detailed preview of today's launch, which includes the controversy over the Atlas 5's Russian-built RD-180 rocket engines. The Russian RD-180 has made headlines recently due to the souring of U.S.-Russian diplomatic relations over the crises in Ukraine.
Spaceflight Now will provide live minute-by-minute updates on today's launch via its Mission Status Center, which will also include a live webcast.
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