The Atlas V Morelos-3 launched successfully from the Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:28 a.m. Friday.
Due to the clear sky, residents in Tampa Bay were able to see the rocket launch lightning up the dark sky.
An Atlas V 421 will launch the Morelos-3 communications satellite for Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transportation. The Mexsat program offers communications to rural areas in Mexico and the satellite services include internet, data, voice, video and education and health programs. It also provides secure communications to Mexico’s national security.
Morelos-3 is the 57th Atlas V launch since the vehicle’s inaugural mission in 2002.