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  • NASA InSight lander set to measure Marsquakes

    Jim SharkeyApril 1st, 2018

    NASA's next robotic mission to Mars should provide researchers their first look into the Red Planet's interior. InSight, which stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, is set to measure Marsquakes to learn about the Martian crust, mantle and core.

  • 10 more Iridium NEXT satellites launched by SpaceX Falcon 9

    Lloyd CampbellMarch 30th, 2018

    After a stellar 2017 with 18 launches of its Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX continues its rapid launch rate for 2018 with its successful launch of the Iridium-5 mission from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg  Air Force Base (VAFB) in California.

  • UPDATE: Iridium-5 launch postponed to March 30

    Lloyd CampbellMarch 27th, 2018

    Due to an issue with one of the 10 Iridium NEXT satellites bound for space atop the next Falcon 9 launch from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the Iridium-5 flight has been delayed.

  • SpaceX launches PAZ radar imaging satellite into orbit

    Lloyd CampbellFebruary 22nd, 2018

    With three successful flights already under their belt already this year, SpaceX successfully launched Spain’s PAZ radar imaging satellite along with two secondary payloads, both of them being SpaceX’s own satellites named Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b which are believed to be technology demonstrators for the company’s Starlink satellite broadband service.

  • Fresh from successful Falcon Heavy launch, SpaceX prepares to fly Spain’s PAZ satellite

    Curt GodwinFebruary 16th, 2018

    Less than two weeks after the successful first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket, SpaceX looks to continue its string of successful flights with the delivery of Spain's PAZ radar imaging satellite to a Sun-synchronous orbit. The satellite, the first of its kind for the European nation,  is set to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at 6:16 a.m. PST (14:16 GMT) on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.

  • Classified NROL-47 mission launches from Vandenberg

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 12th, 2018

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully completed its first flight of 2018 on Friday, January 12, two days after high ground winds forced the scrubbing of the initial launch attempt and one day after a ground system valve forced a second scrub.

  • Delta IV launch of NROL-47 to be ULA’s first of 2018

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 8th, 2018

    United launch Alliance’s (ULA) first flight of 2018 is currently scheduled for Wednesday, January 10. A Delta IV Medium+(5,2) rocket is set to carry the  classified NROL-47 payload from Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Space Launch Complex 6 at 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST). The mission will be ULA’s 27th flight for the National Reconnaissance Office […]

  • Painting the sky: Iridium launch closes banner year for SpaceX

    Derek RichardsonDecember 22nd, 2017

    Rounding out 2017 with its 18th flight, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with 10 more Iridium NEXT satellites. Liftoff took place at 5:27 p.m. PST (8:27 p.m. EST / 01:27 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 4 E (East) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • 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.

  • Orbital ATK launches fleet of SkySat Earth observation satellites

    Ryan ChylinskiOctober 31st, 2017

    Orbital ATK’s Minotaur-C roared into the sky at 2:37 p.m. PDT (21:37 GMT) Oct. 31, 2017, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Halloween-day launch carried six of Planet Lab’s SkySat high-resolution imaging satellites and four Dove CubeSats into a Sun-synchronous orbit 310 miles (500 kilometers) above the Earth.

  • Minotaur-C scheduled for Vandenberg launch on October 31

    Paul KnightlyOctober 25th, 2017

    Six SkySat imaging satellites are now set to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California this coming Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 2:37 p.m. PDT. The launch will utilize an Orbital ATK Minotaur-C rocket.

  • Iridium-4 mission slips to December, taps ‘flight-proven’ Falcon 9 for launch

    Curt GodwinOctober 20th, 2017

    Though Iridium Communications is now targeting a launch date near the end of the year for the Iridium-4 mission, the company demonstrated its faith in the quality of SpaceX's hardware and refurbishing regime by opting to fly on a "flight-proven" Falcon 9 first stage.

  • SpaceX launches 10 Iridium NEXT satellites on Iridium-3 mission

    Derek RichardsonOctober 9th, 2017

    VANDENBERG, Calif. — SpaceX flew the first Falcon 9 rocket in what could be a launch doubleheader for the NewSpace company. The Iridium-3 mission lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base and saw the third set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites placed into space.