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  • Gallery: ICESat-2 closes Delta II era with another success

    Matthew KuhnsSeptember 15th, 2018

    The last flight of a ULA Delta II rocket was carried out on Saturday, Sept. 15 from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. As was the case so many times in the past - its final mission was a success.

  • Going out in style: Delta II completes its final mission with launch of ICESat-2

    Jim SharkeySeptember 15th, 2018

    NASA's ICESat-2 thundered into orbit atop a ULA Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, ending the 30-year career of the venerable booster.

  • As ICESat-2 set to open new era of Earth observation, era of Delta II poised to close

    Jim SharkeySeptember 13th, 2018

    While the new ICESat-2 mission will help us gain a better understanding of the dynamics of our home world - it will also mark the end of the Delta II rocket's long history.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: ICE—The first comet flyby

    Andrew LepageSeptember 12th, 2018

    While NASA has become known for successful spacecraft that extend well past their warranty, the International Cometary Explorer (ICE) showed that a well-designed spacecraft can serve many purposes long after its primary mission ends.

  • Delta II rocket successfully launches NOAA’s JPSS-1 satellite

    Ocean McIntyreNovember 18th, 2017

    VANDENBERG, Calif. — In a spectacular nighttime launch from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, United Launch Alliance’s penultimate Delta II rocket successfully lofted the newest and most advanced weather satellite in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)’s fleet into polar orbit early this morning on November 18, 2017.

  • SpaceX, ULA reschedule next launches

    Derek RichardsonNovember 16th, 2017

    Both SpaceX and United Launch Alliance (ULA) have rescheduled their next launches from the East and West Coasts, respectively. SpaceX, which will be sending the mystery “Zuma” payload into space atop a Falcon 9 rocket, opted to postpone by at least a day to examine data from a recent payload fairing test. ULA, on the other hand, is hoping to fly its Delta II after two scrubbed attempts.

  • Launch of JPSS-1 scrubbed again, high upper-level winds to blame

    Jason RhianNovember 15th, 2017

    The flight of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket with its payload of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Joint Polar Satellite System 1 (JPSS-1) spacecraft has been delayed for a second time. However, whereas yesterday's (Nov. 14) scrub was caused by wayward boaters, issues with the atmosphere were to blame for today's delay.

  • Launch of NOAA’s JPSS-1 slips 24 hours

    Ocean McIntyreNovember 14th, 2017

    The launch of the first of NOAA’s planned four Joint Polar Satellite System satellites, JPSS-1, was scrubbed early in the morning of Nov. 14, 2017, due to a combination of wayward boats that had crossed into restricted space as well as a couple of positions that reported technical “no-goes” during the countdown and system checks.

  • NOAA’s next-generation weather satellite JPSS-1 set to launch Tuesday

    Ocean McIntyreNovember 13th, 2017

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is eagerly anticipating the launch of the first satellite in the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). JPSS-1 is the newest and most advanced weather satellite to date using many of the same instruments on the Suomi NPP satellite launched on October 28, 2011.

  • NOAA’s JPSS-1 satellite launch delayed to July

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 5th, 2017

    The flight of the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) has been postponed to a date no earlier than July 2017. According to SpaceNews, the delay was because of technical issues.

  • NASA’s SMAP spacecraft begins science operations

    Collin SkocikMay 21st, 2015

    On Jan. 31, 2015, NASA launched the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP ) mission from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, on a United Launch Alliance (ULA )Delta II rocket. For the next three years, the solar-powered SMAP satellite will study moisture in the soil and detect whether that moisture is […]

  • Launch of SMAP slips to NET Jan. 31

    Jason RhianJanuary 29th, 2015

    Citing repairs that are needed to the Delta II 7320 launch vehicle, United Launch Alliance (ULA ) has opted to delay the launch an additional 24 hours. The launch window will now open no earlier than (NET) 6:20 a.m. PST (9:20 a.m. EST) on Jan. 31, 2015. The launch site is Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Space […]

  • 24 hour scrub for NASA’s SMAP mission due to high upper level winds

    Jason RhianJanuary 29th, 2015

    NASA and Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA ) will have to wait at least 24 hours before they are able to launch NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP ) mission. High upper level winds at Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC-2) forced the launch team to push their attempts back from the 6:20 a.m. […]

  • Oh SMAP: NASA plans to get the dirt on soil moisture with new satellite

    SpaceFlight InsiderJanuary 13th, 2015

    As part of NASA’s Earth Sciences campaign, a new Earth-observing satellite is prepping to launch before dawn on Jan. 29 from California’s Vandenberg Air Force base. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission plans to dig into the topmost layer of our planet’s soil in order to accurately measure the hidden water within and determine how […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Mars Global Surveyor’s nine-year journey of discovery begins

    Jason RhianNovember 7th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Lifting of from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 17 (SLC-17) on Nov. 7, 1996, atop its Delta II 7925 launch vehicle – the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft would rewrite humanity’s understanding of the Red Planet during its nine year stint above the surface of the flash-frozen world.