United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551
Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
April 14, 2018 @ 7:13 PM EDT
The legendary United Launch Alliance Atlas V, flying in the 551 configuration, fires into the sunset sky carrying the AFSPC-11 payload for the United States Air Force. AFSPC-11 consists of CBAS (Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM) and EAGLE (ESPA Augmented GEO Laboratory Experiment). CBAS is a military communications satellite dedicated to senior leaders of the military and combatant commanders, while EAGLE is a experimental testbed that can host or deploy as many as six separate payloads. The Atlas V begun its mission from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.