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Start Rolling Your Blunts: Watch a Rocket's POV of a Satellite Launch

•, Becky Ferreira

When the United Launch Alliance (ULA) blasted an Atlas V rocket into space on January 19, the company—a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin—made sure to capture some close-up footage of the event from the ground at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. But while the launchpad view was certainly captivating, it has now been upstaged by a new ULA video released on Tuesday from the POV of the "rocket cams" hitched to the outside of the powerful vehicle.

Pointed down toward the blazing engines, the Atlas V cameras recorded the mission's progress, from liftoff to the delivery of its payload—a US Air Force missile warning satellite called SBIRS GEO-4—into orbit. The visuals recorded by ULA are presented alongside voiceover from the launch director, which contextualizes each phase of the flight.

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