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News Archive / Tagged: Atlas V

  • 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).

  • SFI LIVE: ULA launch of SBIRS GEO 4

    Jason RhianJanuary 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- ULA is planning on sending the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 4 mission for the U.S. Air Force to orbit. The flight is currently scheduled to begin as early as 7:48 p.m. EST (00:48 GMT on Friday, Jan. 20) atop an Atlas V 411 rocket from Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida. SpaceFlight Insider's Live Show is slated to begin at 7:20 p.m. EST.

  • ULA readies for U.S. Air Force SBIRS GEO 4 launch

    Bart LeahyJanuary 16th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After a slight delay from late 2017, United Launch Alliance is readying an Atlas V 411 to launch the fourth geosynchronous element of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Space Based Infrared Sensor (SBIRS) program. The launch, is currently set to take place from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) Space Launch Complex (SLC) 41 on January 18.

  • Boeing CST-100 Starliner one step closer to flight with completion of DCR

    Jason RhianJanuary 4th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The first flight of Boeing's CST-100 "Starliner" craft is one step closer to flight with the successful completion of an Atlas V Launch Segment Design Certification Review (DCR). Colorado-based United Launch Alliance announced on Thursday, Jan. 4, that the review had been completed in support of Boeing's efforts to send astronauts to the ISS via Starliner.

  • Fueling operations for SBIRS GEO-4 mission begin

    Jason RhianDecember 21st, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The flight of the fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite is getting closer to its targeted January 2018 launch date.

  • 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.