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Residents in central Florida waking at dawn today witnessed the launch of the Atlas V rocket launch from Cape Canaveral at 6:20 am ET.

The United Launch Alliance — a private space firm — rocket carried the Morelos-3 Mexican communications satellite aloft. The launch ranks as No. 100 for ULA.

“Congratulations to Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services and Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transportation on today’s successful delivery of the Morelos-3 satellite into orbit, providing advanced telecommunications throughout Mexico.” said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Atlas and Delta Programs in a company press release. “Today was an especially proud day for our team as we launched our 100th successful one-at-a-time mission since ULA was formed in 2006. Congratulations to the entire team including our many mission partners on this unprecedented achievement.”

ULA’s next launch is an Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), scheduled for Oct. 8 from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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