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  • GOES-S spacecraft delivered to Astrotech Space Operations in preparation for March flight

    Jason RhianDecember 5th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — A U.S. Air Force C-5M Super Galaxy cargo transport aircraft has delivered the Geostationary Operation Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) spacecraft to Florida's Space Coast in preparation for a planned March 1, 2018, flight atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket. 

  • Insider Exclusive: America’s ‘Booster Belt’ Part Two – Decatur

    Jason RhianNovember 21st, 2017

    DECATUR, Ala. -- Located near the Tennessee River, ULA's Decatur facility is where its Atlas V and Delta IV rockets are assembled and where the Vulcan launch system is coming together. Situated on some 35 acres, the 1.6 million-square-foot facility is so massive that its roughly 1,000 employees get around on golf carts and bicycles. It was day two of our tour and we were looking forward to learning more about the aerospace workers that produce some of the nation's rockets.

  • Insider Exclusive: America’s ‘Booster Belt’ – Part One

    Jason RhianNovember 20th, 2017

    IUKA, Miss. -- We only knew that we were traveling to see where rocket components and rockets were made - and little else. SpaceFlight Insider photographer, Vikash Mahadeo, who accompanied me on our week-long foray to several rocket manufacturing facilities along with myself were as prepared as we could be - but we had no idea what to expect. What followed was an experience that would redefine the way we looked at space flight.

  • ULA launches classified NROL-52 mission for the NRO

    Jason RhianOctober 15th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With a mighty roar, United Launch Alliance (ULA) finally launched the classified NROL-52 mission at 3:28 a.m. EDT on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, from Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida. The early morning flight marked the fourth mission of 2017 carried out on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the sixth flight of the year for the Atlas V rocket.

  • ULA to attempt launch of NROL-52 on Oct. 14

    Jason RhianOctober 12th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) has announced that it will attempt to launch the classified NROL-52 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at 3:31 a.m. EDT (07:31 GMT). The setting of the new launch date follows a string of delays that had taken place the week prior. 

  • Technical issue causes third scrub of NROL-52 mission

    Jason RhianOctober 7th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Just when it looked like the angry gods of weather had acquiesced, an issue with a telemetry transmitter on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 421 rocket caused a third delay. The rocket and its payload, a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office, will be rolled back to the Vertical Integration Facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41.

  • Weather nixes second launch attempt of Atlas V with NROL-52

    Jason RhianOctober 6th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance tried once again to launch a classified mission on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office. However, the NROL-52 mission is still on the pad at Space Launch Complex 41. The culprit was the same as the previous morning's scrub – the turbulent Florida weather.

  • High winds force scrub of NROL-52 launch

    Jason RhianOctober 5th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Poor weather caused a scrub of the planned launch of an Atlas V rocket with the NROL-52 mission that had been scheduled to start its journey at 4:07 a.m. EDT Oct. 5, 2017.

  • SFI Live: Launch of ULA Atlas V with NROL-52

    Jason RhianOctober 4th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- United Launch Alliance (ULA) has one of the company's Atlas V 421 rockets poised to loft a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. The mission is currently schedule to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 at 4:07 a.m. EDT. SpaceFlight Insider's exclusive Live Show will begin at 3:30 a.m. EDT.

  • ULA preps Atlas V 421 to launch classified NROL-52 mission

    Jason RhianOctober 4th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is preparing to send a geosynchronous communications satellite into space on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) via an Atlas V 421 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41. Liftoff of the NROL-52 mission is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.

  • Gallery: Atlas V roars spaceward with secret NROL-42 payload

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 25th, 2017

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Launching into the dark West Coast night was a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. Carried by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, the NROL-42 mission lifted away from Space Launch Complex 3 at 1:49 a.m. EDT (05:49 GMT) Sept. 24, 2017.

  • ULA Atlas V places NROL-42 classified payload into orbit

    Lloyd CampbellSeptember 24th, 2017

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket has successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 3 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to deliver a classified satellite into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

  • Launch of NROL-42 delayed due to faulty battery

    Jason RhianSeptember 21st, 2017

    The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 (AV-072) rocket tasked with carrying the classified NROL-42 mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) has been delayed 48 hours to no earlier than 05:30 UTC Sept. 24. The cause of the delay was announced as a faulty battery on the launch vehicle. 

  • NROL-42 classified surveillance satellite set to launch

    Lloyd CampbellSeptember 20th, 2017

    A secretive National Reconnaissance Office satellite, NROL-42, is poised to launch from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

  • Florida hurricane forces California launch delay

    Jason RhianSeptember 9th, 2017

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced on Sept. 8, 2017, that the launch of an Atlas V 541 rocket carrying the NROL-42 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office has been postponed. While the launch is slated to take place in California, the delay was based on forecasting for Hurricane Irma.