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News Archive / Tagged: Vandenberg Air Force Base

  • 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.

  • Gallery: SpaceX’s 2019 launch manifest begins

    Jason RhianJanuary 11th, 2019

    LOMPOC, Calif. -- SpaceX carried out its first launch of the company's 2019 manifest with the flight of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. Liftoff of the Iridium 8 mission occurred at 7:31 a.m. PST (10:31 EST / 15:31 GMT) at the opening of an instantaneous launch window.

  • SpaceX starts 2019 manifest with successful Iridium 8 launch

    Curt GodwinJanuary 11th, 2019

    LOMPOC, Calif. — After enduring several delays, SpaceX successfully launched ten Iridium NEXT satellites into a polar low-Earth orbit (LEO), marking the Falcon 9’s first flight of 2019, and the last of the original contract, signed in 2010, with Iridium.

  • 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.

  • ‘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.

  • Gallery: SSO-A soars in historic flight

    Jason RhianDecember 6th, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. -- A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (with a first stage on its third mission) lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 4E in California on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The mission got underway at 10:34 a.m. PST and saw some 64 small satellites delivered to orbit. About eight minutes after lifting off, the Falcon 9's first stage carried out its third controlled landing on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship located out in the Pacific. 

  • 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.

  • SpaceX sets record with launch of 64 satellites on SSO-A

    Curt GodwinDecember 3rd, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. -- Overcoming numerous delays, SpaceX completed one of its most complex missions yet - the delivery of 64 satellites to a Sun-synchronous orbit.

  • Gallery: SpaceX creates nebula, makes history

    Jason RhianOctober 8th, 2018

    SpaceX created its own nebula in the skies above California - as the company successfully achieved yet another milestone.

  • SpaceX expands range of landing sites with SAOCOM-1 flight

    Patrick AttwellOctober 8th, 2018

    SpaceX has just demonstrated its ability to land Falcon 9 first stages from each U.S. coast.

  • Warning issued about sonic booms during SpaceX’s first West Coast landing attempt

    Jason RhianOctober 3rd, 2018

    SpaceX has announced a 24 hour delay for the launch of the SAOCOM-1 - something that will also delay a historic milestone for the company's Falcon 9 rocket.

  • Gallery: ICESat-2 closes Delta II era with another success

    Matthew KuhnsSeptember 15th, 2018

    The last flight of a ULA Delta II rocket was carried out on Saturday, Sept. 15 from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. As was the case so many times in the past - its final mission was a success.

  • Going out in style: Delta II completes its final mission with launch of ICESat-2

    Jim SharkeySeptember 15th, 2018

    NASA's ICESat-2 thundered into orbit atop a ULA Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, ending the 30-year career of the venerable booster.