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Air Force Certifies SpaceX Falcon-9 v1.1 as Having Flown Three Successful Flights, Paves Way for Full Certification by End of 2014

The SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket, seen here launching Thaicom-6 last January, is now certified by the U.S. Air Force to launch Government payloads. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / John Studwell

Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is now one more step closer to earning full certification of its Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket to launch high-priority government [...]

Government Requests Court Dismiss SpaceX Lawsuit Over Air Force's 36-Rocket Block-Buy Deal With ULA

A SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket (left) and a ULA Atlas-V (right). SpaceX is filing a lawsuit against the Federal Government for the right to compete for Department of Defense and other government launch contracts, which ULA currently has a monopoly over. Photo Credits: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters / Mike Killian

On June 30, 2014, the [...]

ULA Investing in Development of Domestic Atlas-V Engine Alternative to Russian RD-180, First Flight Expected in 2019

A ULA Atlas-V rocket, under the power of a Russian RD-180 engine, launching NASA’s TDRS-L satellite. On June 16, 2014, ULA announced their intention to invest in the production of a U.S. domestic engine to replace the RD-180, with the first flight of the new engine expected to occur in 2019. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace [...]

ULA Delivers Classified NRO Satellite to Orbit on Company's Second Launch in Less Than a Week

A ULA Atlas-V rocket launching a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnassiance Office on May 22, 2014, from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Mission NROL-33. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

A classified top-secret satellite for the U.S. government made its way to space this morning, thundering atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket into [...]

On the Defensive: ULA Responds to SpaceX Lawsuit and Court Order Banning Purchase of Russian Engines

A ULA Atlas-V rocket launching NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity rover on a 300-million-mile trip to land on the Red Planet. As of April 30, ULA is temporarily banned under court order from purchasing the Russian-made engine to power the rocket into space. Photo Credit: Mike Killian

It was just a week ago that Elon [...]

SpaceX and United Launch Alliance Face-Off at Hearing for Military Launch Contracts

United Launch Alliance CEO Michael Gass (top left) and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (bottom right) testified at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on Wed., March 5, each outlining why their respective launch services are the best choice for the U.S. Government and tax-payer. Photo Credits: Committee on Appropriations / [...]

Mysterious NROL-15 Launched On Secret Delta IV Heavy

The 235 ft. tall 840 ton Delta IV Heavy carrying the top secret 21 ton National Reconnaissance Office NROL-15 spacecraft roars off Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral on nearly 2.4 million lbs. thrust from its three uprated oxygen/hydrogen RS-68A engines. The U. S. Air Force and NRO especially upgraded these three engines [...]

Secret Satellite Data System Launched via Atlas V

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket thunders off of Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Photo Credit: ULA

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 carried what experienced analysts believe is a top secret Satellite Data System (SDS) relay spacecraft into geosynchronous transfer orbit today, after an [...]