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45th Space Wing Launches Atlas V Lifting Intelsat-14

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches at 1:55 a.m. EST Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The United Launch Alliance Atlas V lifted the Intelsat-14 commercial satellite, designed tol provide high-powered video and data services to customersthroughout the Americas, Europe and Africa. (United Launch Alliance photo by Pat Corkery)

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches at 1:55 a.m. EST Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The United Launch Alliance Atlas V lifted the Intelsat-14 commercial satellite, designed tol provide high-powered video and data services to customersthroughout the Americas, Europe and Africa. (United Launch Alliance photo by Pat Corkery)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The 45th Space Wing launched successfully an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle carrying the Intelsat-14 commercial communications satellite at 1:55 a.m. (EST)  today from Space Launch Complex 41.

The United Launch Alliance-built rocket also hosted a payload for the Internet Router in Space (IRIS) program for the Department of Defense.

"This launch helps to ensure that vital communications will continue to bolster our nation's capabilities and showcases why the 45th Space Wing is the world's premiere gateway to space," said Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton Jr., 45th Space Wing commander.

This mission was the 17th flight of an Atlas V rocket from the Cape and the 19th launch overall this year on the Eastern Range.

"I'm thrilled the launch went so well and the mission is a success," said 2nd Lt. Drew Peterson, 5th Space Launch Squadron, who served as Atlas V Mission Lead for the Intelsat-14 satellite.

Lieutenant Peterson was responsible for overseeing the receipt, integration and launch of the $700 million United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with the Intelsat satellite.

"I'd like to thank the entire team for this great achievement," he said.

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