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News Archive / Tagged: Atlas V

  • And the winners are… NASA announces first astronauts to fly under Commercial Crew Program

    Joe LatrellAugust 3rd, 2018

    HOUSTON — The race to develop new U.S. spacecraft to ferry astronauts to space reached another milestone with the announcement of the first crews that will fly on commercially-produced spacecraft. On Aug. 3, 2018, NASA selected the astronauts who will fly on the first Boeing Starliner and SpaceX Crewed Dragon capsules.

  • Marsbound!: NASA InSight lander launches toward Red Planet

    Jim SharkeyMay 5th, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. — Initially flying through early-morning fog, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air force Base's Space Launch Complex 3 to send NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander on a six-month journey to Mars.

  • NASA’s InSight Mars spacecraft ready for launch

    Jim SharkeyMay 3rd, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. — NASA and United Launch Alliance (ULA) are set to fly the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) Mars lander atop an Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base to begin a 6.5-month journey to the Red Planet.

  • Twin MarCO CubeSats launching alongside NASA’s InSight Mars mission

    Jim SharkeyApril 28th, 2018

    When the InSight Mars mission launches atop an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, two mini-satellites will be riding on the same rocket. The twin spacecraft, called Mars Cube One (MarCO), are the first NASA CubeSats designed to operate in deep space.

  • Gallery: AFSPC-11 mission soars skyward

    Derek RichardsonApril 15th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Lifting off during the "golden hour" of photography, United Launch Alliance flew its Atlas V rocket with the AFSPC-11 mission into space. SpaceFlight Insider was able to capture vivid imagery via remote cameras on the pad and from team members on a causeway several miles away.

  • ULA notches another successful mission with flight of USAF payloads on AFSPC-11

    Curt GodwinApril 14th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Amidst scattered clouds, United Launch Alliance (ULA) notched its fourth successful flight of 2018. The April 14, 2018, AFSPC-11 mission was a classified one, however, carried out on behalf of the United States Air Force.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch of AFSPC-11 on ULA Atlas V

    Jason RhianApril 14th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket is poised to send the United States Air Force's AFSPC-11 mission with the launch window slated to open at 7:13 p.m. ET. The flight is set to get underway from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41. SpaceFlight Insider's live show is currently scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. ET.

  • Turning it up to 11: Atlas V to launch pair of AFSPC-11 satellites for US Air Force

    Curt GodwinApril 13th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Ground crews are making ready a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket to loft two primary U.S. Air Force payloads into geosynchronous orbit for the Air Force Space Command 11 (AFSPC-11) mission.

  • SFI Launch Highlights: Flight of GOES S on ULA Atlas V 541

    Jason RhianMarch 2nd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched an Atlas V 541 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 at 5:02 p.m. EST (22:02 GMT) on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The rocket's took place at the very opening of the launch window and saw the launch vehicle arc above the partly-cloudy Florida skies on its way to space. The following video was captured entirely by SpaceFlight Insider's fleet of remotes and our personnel who covered this important flight. 

  • Gallery: GOES-S Launch

    Mike DeepMarch 2nd, 2018

    Our team captured photos of the latest GOES launch from multiple perspectives, including remote cameras placed at the launch pad.

  • ULA Atlas V lofts GOES-S satellite for NASA and NOAA

    Jason RhianMarch 1st, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Powered aloft by its lone RD-180 rocket engine and four Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ60A solid rocket boosters, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 launched the GOES-S weather satellite into orbit on behalf of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The mission saw the second in this series of next-generation weather satellites roar spaceward from Space Launch Complex 41.

  • United Launch Alliance set to launch GOES S weather satellite

    Curt GodwinFebruary 28th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Looking to join its GOES-16 sibling in providing enhanced weather coverage for the Western Hemisphere, workers at Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) are in the final stages of readying the latest in Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite spacecraft for launch.

  • With end of Atlas V planned, ULA assumes responsibility for marketing and sales of Atlas V

    Jason RhianJanuary 22nd, 2018

    Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) is preparing to move from its Atlas V and Delta IV rocket lines and toward the new "Vulcan" launch system. With some estimates only giving two years left on the rocket's launch manifest - the company has announced on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 that it had assumed responsibility for the marketing and sales of Atlas V rocket.

  • ULA Atlas V 411 lights up the night with SBIRS GEO 4 launch

    Bart LeahyJanuary 19th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- United Launch Alliance (ULA) saw its launch window open at 7:48 p.m. Eastern (00:48 GMT on Jan. 20) and soon thereafter sent its Atlas V rocket thundering into the Florida sky. The payload, the fourth geosynchronous satellite in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Space Based Infrared Sensor (SBIRS) program, is now headed for geosynchronous orbit.

  • Launch of SBIRS GEO 4 scrubbed

    Jason RhianJanuary 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The planned flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 rocket has been scrubbed by at least 24 hours due to unspecified reasons. The mission was set to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida with the fourth Space Based Infrared System GEO (SBIRS GEO 4) satellite with the window scheduled to open at 7:52 p.m. EST (00:52 GMT on Friday, Jan. 19).