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News Archive / Tagged: United Launch Alliance

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ULA Atlas V NROL-42 scheduled for Sept. 14

    Jason RhianAugust 31st, 2017

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) recently announced that it is currently planning on launching the NROL-42 mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex-3 (SLC-3) in California. At present, the mission is slated for launch on Sept. 14 of this year (2017). 

  • Gallery: Atlas V launches TDRS-M into orbit

    Derek RichardsonAugust 20th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Rising into the sky atop a column of flame, United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket sent NASA’s latest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) into orbit. TDRS-M was the 12th spacecraft orbited for the space agency’s communications network, the first one launching in 1983.

  • 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).

  • Contract brings Dream Chaser flights closer to reality

    Joe LatrellJuly 20th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In development for more than ten years, the Dream Chaser spaceplane is one step closer to flight. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has signed a contract with United Launch Alliance (ULA) to send the spacecraft to orbit. 

  • 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.

  • ULA announces payloads for its Future Heavy intern rocket

    Lloyd CampbellMay 27th, 2017

    United Launch Alliance has announced the student payloads that will fly on the Future Heavy intern sport rocket to be launched during the Spaceport America Cup competition held on June 20–24, 2017, at the Spaceport America facility in New Mexico.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne continues development on AR1 Engine with successful CDR

    Lloyd CampbellMay 11th, 2017

    Aerojet Rocketdyne continues to make progress on its new AR1 engine by completing its Critical Design Review (CDR) recently. With the completion of the CDR, the engine is still on track to be certified for flight by 2019.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne consolidating, optimizing operations

    Scott JohnsonApril 23rd, 2017

    Aerojet Rocketdyne recently announced the next phase of what it calls its Competitive Improvement Program (CIP), a plan to consolidate and optimize the company's operation. It is hoped that this will result in an annual savings of $230 million.

  • Russia claims U.S. will continue to purchase RD-180 engines

    Lloyd CampbellApril 22nd, 2017

    On Friday, April 14, 2017, Yuri Vlasov, CEO of the United Rocket and Space Corporation, stated that the RD-180 engines, which currently power the Atlas V booster, would be delivered to the United States until 2024–2025.

  • Photo Gallery: ULA launches S.S. John Glenn to orbit

    Derek RichardsonApril 19th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In conditions reminiscent of American hero John Glenn's Friendship 7 flight in February 1962, Orbital ATK's OA-7 "S.S. John Glenn" Cygnus cargo ship, launching atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, soared toward orbit to resupply the International Space Station.

  • ‘Oh, that view is tremendous’: ULA sends ‘S.S. John Glenn’ Cygnus to ISS

    Bart LeahyApril 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The seventh Orbital ATK OA-7 Cygnus cargo vehicle took to the near-perfect morning skies above Florida atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.