by 45th Space Wing
9/16/2014 - CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION -- The
45th Space Wing supported a successful launch of a United Launch
Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the CLIO Spacecraft into orbit for
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. The Spacecraft lifted off from
here at The Cape at 8:10 p.m. from Launch Complex 41.
The 45th Space Wing team of military personnel, government civilians,
and contractors provided launch support to the ULA mission, including
weather forecasts, launch and range operations, security, safety, and
The CLIO spacecraft is encapsulated in the 4-m (14-ft) diameter large
payload fairing (LPF). The LPF is a bisector (two-piece shell) fairing
consisting of aluminum skin/stringer construction with vertical
split-line longerons. The vehicle's height with the PLF is approximately
Since 1957, the Atlas rocket has been an integral part of the United
States' space program, supporting national defense missions, launching
Mercury astronauts to orbit, and sending spacecraft to the farthest
reaches of the solar system, according to a CLIO Mission booklet provide
Over its nearly six decades, the Atlas booster has undergone a series of
continuous improvements, culminating in the current Atlas V Evolved
Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV). Designed in partnership with the U.S.
Air Force, the modular design of the Atlas V allows for multiple
configurations to meet specific customer requirements.
"Being able to be part of a team who continues to ensure 100 percent
mission success to be their No. 1 priority is just a fantastic thing to
experience," said Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno, 45th Space Wing commander,
who also served as the Launch Decision Authority for the mission.
"That kind of mindset not only takes us where we need to go, it also defines us as to who we are," she added.
The CLIO mission marks the 49th Atlas V launch and the 25th of the 401 configuration.
CLIO is also the 60th ULA launch from Cape Canaveral and the company's 11th of 2014.
"On behalf of Team Patrick-Cape, we tip our hats to ULA, Lockheed Martin
Space Systems Company, and everyone associated with this mission. We
couldn't do what we do without the combined efforts of our entire team,"
Armagno said. "You're the best team out there.
"Go Atlas. Go Centaur. Go CLIO," she said.