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News Archive / Tagged: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

  • 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.

  • Launch facilities spared major damage from Hurricane Irma

    Curt GodwinSeptember 14th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Though damage assessments are still underway, it would appear that facilities at both Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) escaped Hurricane Irma with minimal damage. Both were subjected to winds varying from 67–94 mph (108–151 km/h) at 54 feet (16.5 meters) above sea level to 90–116 mph (145–187 km/h) at 458 feet (139.6 meters) as the storm moved through the area on Sept. 10, 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.

  • Cape Canaveral prepares for Hurricane Irma

    Paul KnightlySeptember 7th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — While Hurricane Irma continues to aim at Florida, it is not expected to have any significant impact on the Sept. 7, 2017, launch attempt of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the U.S. military's reusable X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. However, it will eventually affect operations on the Space Coast regardless of whether the OTV-5 mission gets underway on time.

  • US Air Force’s AEHF and SBIRS Geo 4 slips to 2018

    Jason RhianSeptember 6th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Two U.S. Air Force missions have been postponed to no-earlier-than 2018, as was noted on Gunter's Space Page. Each of the missions are scheduled to fly on United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rockets, however, neither delay apparently was the result of the launch service provider.

  • Orbital ATK launches ORS-5 space surveillance satellite atop Minotaur IV

    Curt GodwinAugust 26th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The Operationally Responsive Space 5 (ORS-5) spacecraft, alternately known as SensorSat, lifted off on an Orbital ATK Minotaur IV rocket at 2:04 a.m. EDT (06:04 GMT) Aug. 26, 2017, from long-dormant Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the Florida coast. The satellite was placed into a low-Earth orbit (LEO).

  • SFI LIVE: USAF’s ORS-5 mission atop Orbital ATK Minotaur IV

    Jason RhianAugust 25th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Orbital ATK is poised to launch one of the company’s Minotaur IV rockets from Cape Canaveral's SLC-46 in Florida on Friday, Aug. 25. The payload for this mission is the U.S. Air Force’s ORS-5 spacecraft, which will monitor satellites and debris to aid the U.S. military’s space situational awareness. SFI's Live Show will begin NET 12:30 a.m. EDT (04:30 GMT on Aug. 26).

  • USAF and Orbital ATK prepare for launch of ORS-5 mission

    Jason RhianAugust 23rd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With its Flight Readiness Review complete, an Orbital ATK Minotaur IV rocket sits poised to launch the U.S. Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space (ORS)-5 satellite. ORS-5 is set to take to the skies from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex-46 (SLC-46) in Florida atop a Minotaur IV rocket late on August 25.

  • Atlas V launches TDRS-M data relay satellite for NASA

    Christopher PaulAugust 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket roared off the pad with NASA's newest communications spacecraft, the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite M (TDRS-M). Liftoff took place at 8:29 a.m. EDT (12:29 GMT) Aug. 18, 2017.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch coverage of NASA’s TDRS-M

    Jason RhianAugust 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceFlight Insider is at Kennedy Space Center's Press Site for today's webcast covering the flight of a ULA Atlas V 401 rocket with the third next generation TDRS-M. SFI's Live Show is slated to begin at 7:30 a.m. EDT (11:30 GMT) with the 40-minute launch window opening at 8:03 a.m. EDT (12:03 GMT). 

  • Atlas V rolls to pad as TDRS-M is prepared for launch

    Derek RichardsonAugust 17th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is undergoing final preparations in advance of a planned Aug. 18, 2017, liftoff with NASA’s next communications relay satellite. Liftoff of the rocket is targeted for the beginning of a 40-minute window opening at 8:03 a.m. EDT (12:03 GMT).

  • Musk: Falcon Heavy could fly as early as this fall

    Jason RhianJuly 30th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On an Instagram post, SpaceX's CEO and Founder has expressed less optimism than his company's fans about the success of the "Heavy" version of the first flight of his company's Falcon Heavy rocket. Elon Musk's comments highlight his knowledge concerning the success rates that most launch vehicles encounter on their maiden flight.

  • ULA wins competitive contract award for USAF’s STP-3 mission

    Jason RhianJuly 1st, 2017

    Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) has been awarded a contract to send the Space Test Program-3 (STP-3) mission to orbit on behalf of the United States Air Force. The announcement was made via a release on Thursday, June 29.

  • NASA’s TDRS-M satellite makes big entrance in Florida

    Bart LeahyJune 28th, 2017

    A massive U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster cargo aircraft delivered NASA’s latest Tracking and Data Relay System (TDRS) satellite to the Space Coast Regional Airport on June 23, 2017. The spacecraft is slated to launch atop an Atlas V 401 rocket within a 30-minute window opening at 9:02 a.m. EDT (13:02 GMT) on August 3.

  • Minotaur IV launch postponed 6 weeks

    Christopher PaulJune 25th, 2017

    A Minotaur IV rocket scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in mid-July has been delayed to late August, according to the U.S. Air Force. The entirely solid-fueled Minotaur IV was scheduled to fly out of Launch Complex 46 at CCAFS in mid-July.