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Night Launch Photos: US Military Satellite MUOS-3 Blasts Off

Atlas V Launches MUOS-3 MilSat

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On Jan. 20, 2015, an unmanned Atlas V rocket launched MUOS-3, the third Mobile User Objective System satellite, for the U.S. Navy. See the launch photos here.

Space Streak

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The Atlas V rocket carrying MUOS-3 creates a streak of light in this long-exposure view of its launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Jan. 20, 2015.

Blastoff!

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At 8:40 p.m. ET on Jan. 20, 2015, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched the MUOS-3 military comsat into orbit from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station during a dazzling nighttime liftoff.

MUOS-3 in Space

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Shortly after separating from its Atlas V rocket, the MUOS-3 satellite beamed signals to its ground station indicating good health. This artist's view show what the satellite should look like in orbit.

Liftoff!

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On Jan. 20, 2015, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched the third Mobile User Objective System satellite into orbit for the United States Navy.This image was taken from ULA's live webcast of the launch.

Next Stop: Space

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The MUOS-3 satellite is packed up in its payload fairing for the launch into space atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

Rocket, Meet Launch Pad

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The payload fairing (or nose cone) of the Atlas V rocket carrying the MUOS-3 military satellite poses for a snapshot during its rollout to the launch pad.

At the Launch Pad

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The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket reaches the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida for the Jan. 20 launch of the MUOS-3 military satellite.

Rollout

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The United Launch Alliance rolls out the Atlas V rocket carrying the U.S. Navy's MUOS-3 tactical communications satellite ahead of launch.

MUOS-3 Mission Poster

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The U.S. Navy's third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite launched from Florida on Jan. 20, 2015. The mission is showcased here in this United Launch Alliance poster.

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