BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Florida’s Space Coast is set to be busy with a pair of rocket launches Thursday.
The first launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the SBIRS GEO 6 mission for the U.S. Space Force took off just after 6 a.m.
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That was the final launch for the Space Force’s SBIRS constellation, which will provide missile warnings and defense for the U.S. military.
MISSION SUCCESS! ULA's #AtlasV fulfilled its duty to U.S. national security today by launching #SBIRSGEO6 for @SpaceForceDOD, delivering the missile warning satellite in an optimized orbit that extends mission life. Success #152 for ULA. https://t.co/dTs1RdCHHE pic.twitter.com/KGwfqpr1ul— ULA (@ulalaunch) August 4, 2022
For Laura Kretschmer, who is visiting Florida from Germany, the sunrise offered a beautiful backdrop while she watched the Atlas V rocket as it soared into space over the water.
“It was amazing. Like, all the lights and stuff,’” Kretschmer said.
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In a rare occurrence along the coast, space exploration fans will get an opportunity to see another launch Thursday evening.
The second launch — a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a lunar orbiter for South Korea — will take place from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
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The launch is set for 7:08 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 40.
You can watch the launch as it happens here and on WFTV Channel 9.
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