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  • Video: Flames, Fury and Flight – ULA sends AEHF-4 into the black

    Jason RhianOctober 22nd, 2018

    It seemed as if the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-4) satellite didn't want to waste any time getting off the launch pad - check out the exclusive video captured here!

  • ULA sends AEHF-4 screaming through the atmosphere on powerful Atlas V

    Jason RhianOctober 17th, 2018

    Another star has been placed on orbit with the flight of an Atlas V rocket and its payload of the AEHF-4 satellite.

  • GPS III Satellite shipped to the Cape in preparation for flight

    Jason RhianAugust 28th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Lockheed Martin has shipped the first GPS III satellite, touted as being harder-to-jam, to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station located in Florida in preparation for flight. 

  • U.S. Air Force’s X-37B space plane nears one year on orbit

    Curt GodwinAugust 20th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The fifth, and latest, mission for the U.S. Air Force's (USAF) X-37B uncrewed space plane nears a milestone that all but one of its predecessors met (and exceeded): one year on orbit.

  • SBIRS GEO Flight-4 beams back first images

    Jason RhianMay 6th, 2018

    The first images from the fourth of the United States Air Force's Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) have been sent back to the ground in what has been dubbed “first light" - marking a milestone for the most-recently launched SBIRS spacecraft.

  • USAF to swap ULA Atlas V for SpaceX Falcon 9 as X-37B launcher

    Jason RhianJune 6th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A report, written by Reuters' Irene Klotz and appearing on U.S. News, has stated that Space Exploration Technologies – more commonly known as SpaceX – has won the contract to launch the U.S. Air Force's X-37B. 

  • Inauguration day Atlas V launch sends national security satellite to space

    Paul KnightlyJanuary 20th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is celebrating the successful launch of an Atlas V rocket with the third Space Based Infrared Satellite Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO-3) satellite. It departed from Space Launch Complex 41 at 7:42 p.m. EST Jan. 20 (00:42 GMT Jan. 21).

  • DMSP F-12 breaks up on orbit

    Jason RhianOctober 27th, 2016

    A retired USAF weather satellite has broken up on orbit. Fortunately, the spacecraft is some 22 years old and was already out of service when the U.S. Air Force detected another object orbiting alongside it. This is the latest problem with a constellation of satellites that has seen more than its fair share of problems.

  • Lockheed Martin receives order for additional GPS satellites

    Scott JohnsonOctober 3rd, 2016

    Lockheed Martin announced last week that the U.S. Air Force has exercised $395 million in contract options and ordered the construction of two additional GPS III satellites – bringing the total on order from the Maryland-based company to 10.

  • Next USAF’s SBIRS missile warning satellite shipped to Cape for October launch

    Jason RhianAugust 7th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The U.S. Air Force's next SBIRS satellite was delivered to Cape Canaveral on Aug. 2, 2016, in preparation for its trip to orbit next year. The spacecraft will now be prepared to fly atop a ULA Atlas V 401 rocket from the Cape's Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida.

  • SpaceX awarded $82.7 million USAF GPS III launch contract

    Scott JohnsonMay 2nd, 2016

    This past week, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) announced that Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) has been awarded the launch services contract for the GPS-III-2 satellite – scheduled for launch in May 2018.

  • The race to replace the RD-180 goes full throttle

    Joe LatrellMarch 3rd, 2016

    The USAF awarded two public-private partnerships to develop a replacement for the Russian RD-180 engine. The first team is a joint effort of ULA/Blue Origin. The second is Aerojet Rocketdyne, a company that endeavored for years to persuade the Air Force to back development of the AR1.

  • Upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 certified for National Security Space launches

    Jason RhianJanuary 26th, 2016

    The United States Air Force's Program Executive Officer for Space and Space and Missile Systems Center, Lt. Gen Samuel Greaves, has approved the newly-upgraded SpaceX "Full Thrust" Falcon 9 rocket for use on National Security Space (NSS) missions.

  • Orbital ATK, SpaceX awarded contracts by U.S. Air Force

    Jason RhianJanuary 17th, 2016

    The U.S. Air Force announced on Wednesday, Jan. 13, that its Space and Missile Systems Center had awarded OTAs to two aerospace firms ‒ SpaceX and Orbital ATK. These agreements are for a shared public-private partnership to develop rocket propulsion systems prototypes. It is hoped these agreements will help to end U.S. dependence on foreign-made rocket engines.

  • Launch Viewing Guide: ULA Atlas V 401 with GPS IIF 10

    SpaceFlight InsiderJuly 13th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance (ULA ) is getting ready to send the U.S. Air Force’s tenth GPS IIF satellite atop one of the company’s Atlas V 401 rockets. The navigational satellite will have some 19 minutes to get off of the launch pad and into the skies, with weather conditions providing an estimated 70 percent […]