An Atlas V rocket, built at the Decatur United Launch Alliance facility, successfully launched an infrared surveillance satellite today.
The rocket carried the 10,000-pound SBIRS GEO 2 spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin. The Air Force will use the satellite to detect missiles and space-based threats.
The liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base took place at 4:21 p.m. CDT.
Today's launch was the third of the year for ULA. The next one, scheduled for May 8, will be the first Delta IV launch of the year.
Decatur's ULA plant employs about 800 workers. ULA is a joint venture of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin.
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