CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — It was, by most estimations, just an “everyday” launch (if there even is such a thing). Just another Atlas V booster lifting off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) in Florida. The 421 version of the launch vehicle that took to the skies at 6:08 a.m. EDT (10:08 GMT) – marked the 100th time a United Launch Alliance (ULA) rocket has sent a payload aloft.
The firm, formed in 2006 from elements of Boeing’s and Lockheed Martin’s launch services, has now completed its 100th mission. This important milestone was met with the flight of the Morelos-3 Mexican communications satellite.