UFO Reports: What did eyewitnesses see over South Florida?
This morning, spectacular photographs, videos and eyewitness testimonies streamed into Dark Matter News and the internet at large, depicting what some users would describe as fire balls, lasers, plasma force fields, and even ‘crazy looking clouds’ over South Florida. It would be one of the biggest mass UFO sightings on record with viral images sweeping across social media, until witnesses were disappointed to learn that their accounts were related to none-other than the NASA Atlas V rocket launch at Cape Canaveral.
Atlas V Mission
According to a press release by NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Atlas V’s payload was the MUOS-4 satellite. “MUOS-4, or Mobile User Objective System, is the fourth in a series of U.S. Navy next-generation satellite systems for ground communications of U.S. forces on the move.”
Watch the liftoff:
The Atlas V rocket was introduced by United Launch Alliance (ULA) in August 2002. The Atlas V was developed to provide launch services to the U.S. government and is a part of the Atlas program which in total has logged more than 600 launches to date. The rocket uses a standard common core booster™ (CCB), up to five strap-on solid rocket boosters (SRB), an upper-stage Centaur in either the Single-Engine Centaur (SEC) or the Dual-Engine Centaur (DEC) configuration, and one of several payload fairings (PLF).
There are two series of Atlas V Rockets; Atlas V 400 (three SRBs) and Atlas V 500 (five SRBs).
The RD-180 main engine, designed and manufactured by NPO Energomash, delivers more than 860,000 lbs of thrust during liftoff. This engine is comprised of liquid oxygen/liquid kerosene and has a two-thrust chamber.
The RL10 engines and propulsion systems, manufactured by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, are used to power both Delta IV and Atlas V rockets to their second stages. (NASA)
The feedback and quality of reports on the object before it was identified demonstrates an impressive collective of curious individuals always looking up toward the skies.
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