Atlas V Launch - AFSPC-5 Mission
Atlas V rocket launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) on a national defense mission, the Planetary Society's LightSail mission, and 10 CubeSats.
AFSPC-5 is carrying OTV-4 for the U.S. Air Force in a classified mission. The mystery test vehicle — essentially a technology test bed — is designed to orbit the Earth and then land like one of NASA's old space shuttles. It is operated robotically, without anyone on board, and is reusable. It is 29 feet long — about one-fourth the size of a NASA shuttle.
AFSPC-5 marked United Launch Alliance’s 96th mission since the company was founded in 2006 and the fifth ULA launch of 2015. AFSPC-5 also was the 54th Atlas V launch since the vehicle’s inaugural mission in 2002.