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News Archive / Tagged: United Launch Alliance

  • ULA tapped to begin NASA mission to Jupiter’s trojan asteroids

    Joe LatrellFebruary 2nd, 2019

    NASA's Launch Services Program announced Feb. 1 that the agency's Lucy asteroid mission would be sent to space using an Atlas V rocket.

  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe begins 2nd orbit of the Sun

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 31st, 2019

    Parker Solar Probe is pulling back the curtains of our parent star and is well on its way to rewriting humanity's understanding of how stars work.

  • Blue Origin breaks ground on new BE-4 engine production facility

    Cullen DesforgesJanuary 27th, 2019

    On Jan.25, 2019, Blue Origin broke ground on its new engine production and assembly facility in Huntsville, Alabama, about 25 miles from United Launch Alliance’s Decatur assembly facility.

  • Gallery: NROL-71 mission finally gets underway

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 20th, 2019

    After several scrubbed attempts, United Launch Alliance was finally able to launch its Delta IV Heavy rocket with the secretive NROL-71 payload.

  • NROL-71 kicks off ULA’s 2019 launch manifest

    Patrick AttwellJanuary 19th, 2019

    LOMPOC, Calif. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully completed its first flight of 2019. Today's launch utilized the largest rocket in the Colorado-based company's arsenal to send a classified payload into space. In doing so the company finally managed to move past a saga of delays.

  • SpaceX not alone in 2018’s high launch rate

    Patrick AttwellJanuary 7th, 2019

    United Launch Alliance (ULA), Northrop Grumman, Rocket Lab and Virgin Galactic conducted 14 launches from the United States this past year.

  • NROL-71 launch date now under review

    Jason RhianJanuary 5th, 2019

    LOMPOC, Calif. -- After numerous delays it now appears that the flight of a Delta IV Heavy rocket will be pushed back even further.

  • 2019 US launch manifest to open with Delta IV Heavy, Falcon 9 flights

    Derek RichardsonDecember 30th, 2018

    The United States' 2019 orbital launch manifest looks to be just as busy as 2018 with the first two missions of the year poised to be spillover from 2018.

  • Notes on the run: Embrace the suck

    Jason RhianDecember 30th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- One of the things you have to get accustomed to when covering the space program is when things go wrong. Weather, idiotic boat captains, "out of family" sensor data, bad mouse food - you never know what, or who, might creep in to complicate what should be a simple process.

  • Notes on the Run: What is it like to see a rocket launch?

    Jason RhianDecember 15th, 2018

    One of the questions I'm often asked is “What’s it like attending a rocket launch?” Perhaps the best way to answer the question is by detailing some of our recent experiences during the launch of Northrop Grumman's S.S. John Young to the International Space Station.

  • ‘Hold hold hold’: NROL-71 mission scrubbed

    Derek RichardsonDecember 9th, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. — Just seconds before the planned liftoff of a Delta IV Heavy rocket with the NROL-71 payload, an automatic abort of the launch sequence was triggered.

  • Classified: A review of US defense missions launched in 2018

    Patrick AttwellDecember 5th, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. -- 2018 has seen five payloads launched for the Department of Defense. Two of these missions were classified and one failed. With the upcoming flight of a ULA Delta Heavy with the NROL-71, SpaceFlight Insider takes a look back at the DoD's 2018 launch manifest.

  • 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!

  • Gallery: ULA Atlas V 551 launches with AEHF-4 satellite

    Jason RhianOctober 17th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceFlight Insider captured the flight of a ULA Atlas V 551 rocket when it left the pad with the AEHF-4 satellite in the early hours of Wednesday, Oct. 17.

  • 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.