Atlas V completes SAA milestones in preparation for crewed launches

October 15th, 2012 by Chris Bergin

The famous Atlas rocket continues to show it’s ready to once again launch humans into space, following the completion of NASA’s Space Act Agreement (SAA) milestones. Although the Atlas V is still in a competition to launch US astronauts, this latest milestone “establishes a technical foundation for potentially certifying its Atlas V rocket” as a human-rated launch vehicle.

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The Atlas V has an esteemed history, including launching astronauts during the early days of the space program. It was an Atlas booster that launched John Glenn into space inside Friendship 7 in 1962, sending the first American into orbit around the planet.

While its more recent history – as the Atlas V – has enjoyed a near-flawless record in lofting payloads that have included national security spacecraft uphill, its ambitions to once again launch biological cargo has only become a real possibility in the last few years.

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