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News Archive / Tagged: United States Air Force

  • Battery failure delays Atlas V launch until July

    Jason RhianJune 23rd, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 551 rocket with the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) satellite for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center will have to wait a little longer before taking flight.

  • USAF provided with software upgrade for GPS III

    Jason RhianJune 15th, 2019

    Five months after being awarded the GPS Control Segment Sustainment II (GCS II) contract, Lockheed Martin has started delivering on that contract.

  • Vulcan clears final review, could fly as early as 2021

    Jason RhianMay 22nd, 2019

    United Launch Alliance, along with the United States Air Force, has cleared the company's new Vulcan rocket to continue its journey toward flight.

  • 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.

  • A day of scrubs: No flights today for SpaceX, Blue Origin, Arianespace or ULA – UPDATE

    Jason RhianDecember 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Today wasn't the most productive for Arianespace, SpaceX, Blue Origin or ULA. Attempts to launch four missions all ended with the rockets and their payloads safe - but on the ground.

  • 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.