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News Archive / Tagged: Atlas V

  • Launch of OA-7 Cygnus mission slips to NET March 27

    Jason RhianMarch 20th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) needs a bit more time before sending Orbital ATK's S.S. John Glenn OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). This is according to a March 20, 2017, announcement made by ULA on its website.

  • ULA: OA-7 confirmed for launch on March 24, WGS-9 set for March 18

    Jason RhianMarch 16th, 2017

    ULA and NASA noted on March 15 that the seventh flight of Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft was now confirmed for March 24. Interestingly, ULA has requested the option to launch the day prior on March 23, pending Eastern Range availability. The move of the launch date for OA-7 as well as WGS-9 denotes the packed launch schedule at Florida's Space Coast.

  • Traffic Jam: Space Coast could see 3 launches in 8 days

    Bart LeahyMarch 12th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Three different rockets are expected to take to the skies from the Space Coast in as little as eight days. March 2017 is expected to be a busy month in a year that could see as many as 30 rockets lift off from one of the busiest spaceports in the world.

  • United Launch Alliance tapped to launch Joint Polar Satellite System-2

    Jason RhianMarch 6th, 2017

    NASA has selected United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket to send the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) spacecraft to orbit on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

  • Report: ULA to layoff Vandenberg staff, potentially change name

    Jason RhianMarch 6th, 2017

    A recent report on Space News 360 noted that, according to an inside source, layoffs are imminent for United Launch Alliance (ULA). While news about a workforce for the company is not new (ULA stated as much in 2016), the report went on to note that the launch provider was considering changing its name.

  • ULA readies Atlas V for launch of NROL-79 reconnaissance satellite

    Curt GodwinFebruary 27th, 2017

    After enduring several delays – most recently from an issue with the second stage of its Atlas V launch vehicle – United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to launch the classified NROL-79 mission. Liftoff is planned for Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at about 9:50 a.m. PST (12:50 p.m. EST / 17:50 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • ULA confirms March 1 for launch attempt of NROL-79

    Jason RhianFebruary 9th, 2017

    ULA has issued a statement announcing it is targeting a March 1, 2017, launch date for the flight of an Atlas V 401 rocket with a classified payload for the NRO. The NROL-79 mission had been delayed before this due to issues with the Atlas V's Centaur upper stage.

  • SFI Launch Highlights: SBIRS GEO-3 on ULA Atlas V 401

    Jason RhianJanuary 23rd, 2017

    SpaceFlight Insider video highlights from the Jan. 20, 2017, flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket. The payload for this mission was the U.S. Air Force's SBIRS GEO-3 satellite.

  • Photo Gallery: SBIRS GEO 3 launches on ULA Atlas V 401

    Mike DeepJanuary 22nd, 2017

    SBIRS GEO 3 is the third satellite launched under the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System, which is meant to provide an early warning of missile launches. The SBIRS GEO 3 satellite was sent to geosynchronous orbit atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket on January 20, 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida. The flight had been slated to launch the day prior; however, an instrumentation issue and wayward aircraft caused a 24-hour scrub.

  • Inauguration day Atlas V launch sends national security satellite to space

    Paul KnightlyJanuary 20th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is celebrating the successful launch of an Atlas V rocket with the third Space Based Infrared Satellite Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO-3) satellite. It departed from Space Launch Complex 41 at 7:42 p.m. EST Jan. 20 (00:42 GMT Jan. 21).

  • Various issues prompt 24-hour scrub of Atlas V with SBIRS GEO-3

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 19th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It wasn't meant to be. That's what mission teams working to get a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket with its missile-detection satellite off the ground must have been thinking. An instrumentation issue plus a fouled range caused a 24-hour scrub to be called late in the Jan. 19 launch window.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch coverage of SBIRS GEO-3

    Jason RhianJanuary 19th, 2017

    SpaceFlight Insider is at the command bunker located near Tampa, Florida, for tonight's webcast covering the flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket with the third Space Based Infrared System satellite. SFI decided for this mission to bring you behind the scenes with all the exciting plans we have for 2017.

  • Next SBIRS missile detection satellite set for launch

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to send the third Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO-3) into space for the U.S. military. The $1.2 billion satellite will be part of a system designed to spot missiles threatening the United States or its allies.

  • Launch of classified NROL-79 mission delayed

    Jason RhianJanuary 16th, 2017

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced on Monday, Jan. 16, that the launch date of the Atlas V 401 rocket with the NROL-79 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office had fallen under review. ULA will use this additional time to ensure the rocket will perform normally.

  • PCM for OA-7 mission arrives at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

    Jason RhianJanuary 13th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Orbital ATK's next Cygnus spacecraft, tapped to carry out the OA-7 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, has arrived at the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.