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News Archive / Tagged: Vandenberg Air Force Base

  • Iridium-7 mission takes to California’s skies atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianJuly 25th, 2018

    Wasting no time after its launch several days ago in Florida, SpaceX sent another Falcon 9 aloft, this time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with the latest wave of Iridium NEXT satellites on their way to space. 

  • Iridium NEXT Flight 7 being readied for launch atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianJuly 18th, 2018

    SpaceX is working to rack up yet another successful launch for its 2018 manifest in the next several days. As is often the case with the NewSpace firm, this mission will be a commercial flight meant to further a long-standing collaboration with one of the company’s most loyal customers.

  • GRACE-FO uses ‘Range Finder’ to see mountain effects

    Jim SharkeyJune 18th, 2018

    NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission has successfully completed its first mission phase and demonstrated the performance of the precise microwave ranging system that allows it to measure how mass migrates around the Earth. GRACE-FO is a successor to the original GRACE mission, which began orbiting the Earth on March 17, 2002.

  • Launch of NASA ICON mission postponed

    Jason RhianJune 10th, 2018

    NASA and Northrop Grumman have decided to delay the launch of the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission due to what has been described as "off-nominal data" discovered from the mission's launch vehicle.

  • SpaceX launches 5 Iridium NEXT, 2 GRACE-FO satellites on Falcon 9 ride-share mission

    Derek RichardsonMay 22nd, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. — Sending the quintuple-satellite Iridium-6 mission into space for Iridium Communications along with NASA’s twin Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) spacecraft as part of a ride-share agreement, SpaceX launched its ninth Falcon 9 of 2018.

  • SpaceX set to send Iridium-6/GRACE-FO missions spaceward

    Derek RichardsonMay 21st, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. — SpaceX is gearing up to launch another Falcon 9 rocket, this time with another set of Iridium NEXT communications satellites as well as NASA’s two Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) spacecraft.

  • Hundreds strike over contract dispute with ULA

    Christopher PaulMay 8th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) union employed by United Launch Alliance (ULA) voted to strike after rejecting a contract offer presented by the launch service provider.

  • GALLERY: NASA’s InSight lander heads to Mars atop ULA Atlas V

    Derek RichardsonMay 6th, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. — InSight is on its way to Mars! Using a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, it was the first interplanetary mission to leave Earth from the West Coast of the United States. Flying through a layer of fog, the mission got underway at 4:05 a.m. PDT (7:05 a.m. EDT / 11:05 GMT) May 5, 2018.

  • NASA’s InSight Mars spacecraft ready for launch

    Jim SharkeyMay 3rd, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. — NASA and United Launch Alliance (ULA) are set to fly the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) Mars lander atop an Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base to begin a 6.5-month journey to the Red Planet.

  • 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.