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  • Launch of ULA Delta IV rocket with NROL-47 delayed

    Collin SkocikDecember 7th, 2017

    The launch of a Delta IV rocket carrying the NROL-47 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office has been delayed until no earlier than Jan. 10, 2018, in order to perform additional validation of the software and systems associated with Common Avionics. The launch was originally scheduled for Dec. 13, 2017, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • NASA awards launch contracts for Sentinel 6A and Landsat 9

    Ocean McIntyreOctober 23rd, 2017

    On Thursday, Oct. 19, NASA announced two new launch contracts for missions designed to study and monitor the Earth. The Landsat 9 and Sentinel 6A satellites are both scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base located in California.

  • ULA, Bigelow Aerospace set sights on lunar orbit outpost

    Bart LeahyOctober 19th, 2017

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Bigelow Aerospace are teaming up to send an inflatable space station to low-lunar orbit by 2022. The effort will feature a series of launches aboard ULA’s new Vulcan rocket using its Advanced Cryogenic Evolved Stage (ACES) to make Bigelow’s B330 habitat a depot to facilitate future exploration and development of the Moon.

  • 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. 

  • 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.