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News Archive / Tagged: Vandenberg Air Force Base

  • Falcon 9 set to launch Taiwanese Formosat-5 from California

    Bart LeahyAugust 23rd, 2017

    As SpaceX prepares for its third Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in 2017, its customer looks forward to a payload “first”. The Formosat-5 spacecraft that will be launched on this mission is the first satellite designed and built entirely in Taiwan.

  • 2 launches, 2 landings, 2 days: Falcon 9 sends Iridium-2 satellites into space

    Derek RichardsonJune 25th, 2017

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — SpaceX launched, and landed, its second Falcon 9 in as many days when it sent 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into space. The mission, designated Iridium-2, launched at 1:25 p.m. PDT (4:25 p.m. EDT / 20:25 GMT) on June 25, 2017, from Space Launch Complex 4E (east).

  • SpaceX to launch, land 2 Falcon 9 rockets just days apart

    Lloyd CampbellJune 21st, 2017

    Due to an adjustment in its mission manifest, SpaceX will attempt to fly two Falcon 9 rockets a little more than 50 hours apart – from opposite sides of the United States. Using two different launch teams, it would set a new record for successive launches by the company.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne ‘kill vehicle’ performs successful test

    Paul KnightlyJune 6th, 2017

    Last week, Aerojet Rocketdyne announced the 10th successful test of its Divert and Attitude Control System (DACS) on its Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) in the first live-fire missile defense test against an ICBM-class target.

  • 1st Iridium NEXT satellites put into production

    Lloyd CampbellMay 6th, 2017

    Iridium Communications announced that it has completed integrating its first next generation communication spacecraft, called Iridium NEXT, into its constellation of satellites.

  • United Launch Alliance tapped to launch Joint Polar Satellite System-2

    Jason RhianMarch 6th, 2017

    NASA has selected United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket to send the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) spacecraft to orbit on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

  • Report: ULA to layoff Vandenberg staff, potentially change name

    Jason RhianMarch 6th, 2017

    A recent report on Space News 360 noted that, according to an inside source, layoffs are imminent for United Launch Alliance (ULA). While news about a workforce for the company is not new (ULA stated as much in 2016), the report went on to note that the launch provider was considering changing its name.

  • Atlas V sends classified NROL-79 payload to space

    Derek RichardsonMarch 1st, 2017

    A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket roared out of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. The NROL-79 mission lifted off at 9:50 a.m. PST (12:50 p.m. EST / 17:50 GMT) March 1, 2017, from Space Launch Complex 3E.

  • ULA readies Atlas V for launch of NROL-79 reconnaissance satellite

    Curt GodwinFebruary 27th, 2017

    After enduring several delays – most recently from an issue with the second stage of its Atlas V launch vehicle – United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to launch the classified NROL-79 mission. Liftoff is planned for Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at about 9:50 a.m. PST (12:50 p.m. EST / 17:50 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • Launch of classified NROL-79 mission delayed

    Jason RhianJanuary 16th, 2017

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced on Monday, Jan. 16, that the launch date of the Atlas V 401 rocket with the NROL-79 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office had fallen under review. ULA will use this additional time to ensure the rocket will perform normally.

  • SpaceX’s Falcon 9 soars skyward with 10 Iridium NEXT satellites

    Curt GodwinJanuary 14th, 2017

    After a nearly week-long delay due to weather and range conflicts, SpaceX successfully launched 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO), marking the Falcon 9's first flight since the Sept. 1, 2016, AMOS-6 pad incident. As an added bonus, the first stage of the rocket successfully landed downrange on a drone ship.

  • SpaceX poised to return Falcon 9 to flight Saturday

    Curt GodwinJanuary 12th, 2017

    With FAA approval secured and a hold-down firing of the first stage conducted, SpaceX is continuing to move forward with preparations for the return to flight of its Falcon 9 rocket. Liftoff is currently scheduled for 10:22 a.m. PST (1:22 p.m. EST / 18:22 GMT) Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at SLC-4E on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • SpaceX eyeing Jan. 8 for Falcon 9 return-to-flight

    Bart LeahyJanuary 2nd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX announced on their blog that they could return the Falcon 9 rocket to service as early as Jan. 8, 2017. This would be the first flight of a Falcon 9 since another F9 exploded on Sept. 1, 2016. The upcoming flight will send the Iridium Communications NEXT 1-10 satellite constellation to orbit and launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base's SLC-4E.

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 return to flight pushed into 2017

    Derek RichardsonDecember 7th, 2016

    The return-to-flight launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has been delayed to early January. The NewSpace firm said it needs more time to finalize the investigation into the Sept. 1, 2016, pad explosion, which caused the loss of the rocket and its $195 million Amos-6 payload.

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 launch date with Iridium NEXT announced

    Jason RhianDecember 2nd, 2016

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — SpaceX and the 30th Space Wing are eyeing Dec. 16, 2016, as the launch date for a "Full Thrust" Falcon 9 with 10 NEXT satellites to be sent into orbit on behalf of Iridium. If it flies on this date, it will mark the first time one of the launch vehicles has been sent aloft since the Sept. 1, 2016, explosion of another F9.