Video: Atlas V Rocket Successfully Launches From Vandenberg Air Force Base

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket was successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc on Thursday morning, Sky5 and NASA video showed.

The launch occurred shortly before 5:49 a.m. and was visible in the pre-dawn sky from the San Fernando Valley.

The Atlas V rocket was carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch-Complex 3 in support of national defense, according to a news release from the Air Force Base. The payload included satellites.

"We are excited and ready to take on our first Atlas launch of 2015," Col. J. Christopher Moss, the launch decision authority, said in the release. "Our team and mission partners have put a lot of hard work into preparing for this important mission for our nation.

The launch was declared a success by the Air Force Base in a Facebook post.

"And we have lift-off folks! Another great day and another successful launch at Vandenberg," the post stated.


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