Atlas 5 (AV-010)

Last modification: January 21, 2005

Atlas 5/551

    Launch date
 Launch window:
 January 19, 2006 – 2000 UTC.
 Launch site
 Launch complex:
 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (Florida, U.S.)
 Launch vehicle

 Upper stage:
 Payload fairing:
 Launch vehicle prime:
 Launch provider:
 Flight number:

 Atlas 5/551
 [Centaur 3/SEC]
 Contraves 500 Short
 Lockheed Martin Space Systems
 International Launch Services (ILS)
 Targeted orbit:
 Overall lift-off mass:
 Total payload mass:
573,160 kg
 2,600 kg (est.,
incl. kick stage)
 Maiden flight of Atlas 5/551.
 One solid booster damaged by Hurricane Wilma had to be replaced.
 Delayed from Jan. 11 for additional inspection of Atlas booster.
 Delayed from Jan. 17 due to high altitude winds.
 Delayed from Jan. 18 due to power shortage at payload mission control after a storm over Maryland.


 Payload designation Launch customer
Launch contract
Launch mass
Launch adapter
  Pluto New Horizons NASA
July 2003 (NLS)
478 kg
  Star 48B kick stage

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