United Launch Alliance Launches Lucy Mission for NASA


Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Fla., (Oct. 16, 2021) A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the Lucy mission for NASA lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 at 5:34 a.m. EDT on Oct. 16. Photos by United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Lucy mission for NASA lifted off on Oct. 16 at 5:34 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

To date ULA has launched 146 times with 100 percent mission success.

"We are honored to partner with NASA to launch this one-of-a-kind mission and are proud to add the Lucy mission to the Trojan Asteroids to our list of exploration launch successes," said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Government and Commercial Programs. "We are very proud to launch this spacecraft on its historic 12-year journey to eight different asteroids, and thank our mission partners for their teamwork."

The Atlas V delivered the Lucy spacecraft into an interplanetary trajectory. The mission launched on an Atlas V 401 configuration rocket that included a 14-ft (4-m) large payload fairing (LPF). The Atlas booster was powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine. Aerojet Rocketdyne provided the RL10C-1 engine for the Centaur upper stage.

This was the 89th launch of an Atlas V rocket and 21st mission launched on an Atlas V in partnership with NASA's Launch Services Program (LSP), following the launch of Landsat 9 from Vandenberg Space Force Base last month. ULA's next launch is STP-3 for the U.S. Space Force, planned for Nov. 22, 2021, from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.

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