Atlas V has a costumed mascot now

Good gracious.  I’m not sure whether this is amazingly awesome or totally ridiculous, or maybe a bit of both.  They seriously have a costumed Atlas V mascot now.  I kinda want to hug him.

Feb 28,2017. Vandenberg AFB CA. ULA's mascot Rockey greets guest visiting guest at the Atlas 5 launch pad Tuesday. A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket is scheduled to blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:50 a.m. local time (12:50 p.m. EST; 1750 GMT) Wednesday to deploy a National Reconnaissance Office satellite payload known as NROL-79.  Photo by Gene Blevins/LA DailyNews/SCNG

Feb 28,2017. Vandenberg AFB CA. ULA’s mascot Rockey greets guest visiting guest at the Atlas 5 launch pad Tuesday. A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket is scheduled to blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:50 a.m. local time (12:50 p.m. EST; 1750 GMT) Wednesday to deploy a National Reconnaissance Office satellite payload known as NROL-79.
Photo by Gene Blevins/LA DailyNews/SCNG

Also, Atlas V is going to liftoff from Vandenberg AFB in California tomorrow morning at 9:50AM local time with a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.  It will be flying in its lightest configuration, and making a “coast hugging” path to the south (based on where the NOTAMs have been issued), although the final orbit is of course not disclosed.

Here’s ULA’s preview of the mission, using stock footage of prior launches and CGI animation:

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