Launch Photos: Atlas V Rocket Soars with DigitalGlobe's WorldView-4 Satellite


ULA and Lockheed Martin/Jeff Spotts

The WorldView-4 satellite and its Atlas V rocket being prepped for liftoff at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. See launch video and read our wrap story.

A Cloudy Day

ULA and Lockheed Martin / Jeff Spotts

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket topped with the WorldView-4 Earth-observation satellite being prepped for liftoff at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. See launch video and read our wrap story.

WorldView-4 Mission Poster

United Launch Alliance

The mission poster for the planned Sept. 16, 2016 launch of the WorldView-4 Earth-observation satellite for DigitalGlobe atop an Atlas V rocket. See launch video and read our wrap story.

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