Atlas V 401
The Atlas V 401 is the workhorse of the Atlas V fleet, delivering about half of all Atlas V missions to date. In its more than 15 years of service, the 401 has launched a diverse set of missions including national security, science and exploration, commercial and International Space Station resupply.
NASA’s InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) mission will place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its deep interior.
Space Launch Complex-3
Space Launch Complex-3 (SLC-3) is ULA's West Coast launch pad for the Atlas V rocket. In contrast to Atlas V operations at Cape Canaveral, at SLC-3 launch vehicle integration and testing, spacecraft mate and integrated operations happen in the Mobile Service Tower (MST). A few hours before launch, we roll the MST to its park position approximately 250 feet southeast of the rocket.