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IMAGE FEATURE: ULA Delta-IV Rocket Launches GPS IIF-5 Under Cover of Darkness

United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully returned its workhorse Delta IV launch vehicle to operational service on Feb. 20, 2014, with the rousing 8:59 p.m. EST liftoff of a key mission to insert the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-5 satellite into a medium orbit, some 11,047 nautical miles (20,460 km) above Earth. Photo Credit: John […]

' ... T-9 Minutes and Counting ... ': NASA's First Secret Shuttle Flight

Since the conception of the manned spaceflight engineer programme, the intent was to fly a dedicated officer aboard each classified flight. For Mission 51C, it would be Air Force Major Gary Payton (back left). The other NASA crew members were Loren Shriver (front left) and Ken Mattingly (front right), with Jim Buchli and Ellison […]

As Minotaur-1 Completes 29-Satellite Mission, Dnepr Stands Ready to Break Record

Stunning view of the Minotaur-1 booster rocketing away from Pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) with its record-setting payload of 29 satellites. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Dave Parrish Photography (www.daveparrishphoto.com)

Slightly later than intended, Orbital Sciences Corp. has successfully flown its 25th Minotaur vehicle, with a spectacular liftoff from Pad 0B at the […]

Engine Problems Delay Next Week's Planned ULA Delta-IV GPS IIF-5 Launch

The Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-5 is moved onto a transporter on 17 September 2013, whilst in clean room conditions at the Navstar Processing Facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Photo Credit: Boeing

Next week’s planned launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta-IV rocket with the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-5 satellite […]

Lockheed's GPS III Prototype Successfully Connects with Raytheon Ground Control System in Milestone Test

Workers inspect Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed (GNST) after its arrival in July at Cape Canaveral. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin’s prototype for the next-generation GPS III satellite successfully connected with Raytheon’s GPS Next Generation Operational Ground Control System (OCX) on Friday, Aug. 30, nearly two months after its arrival. Lockheed’s […]

Delta IV Launches High-Capacity WGS-6 Military Communications Satellite

United Launch Alliance put on a stunning display of power with the launch of a Delta IV Medium rocket and its Wideband Global Satcom 6 satellite. Liftoff occurred promptly at 8:29 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37 in Florida. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

For the second […]

Delta IV Ready to Launch Sixth Wideband Global Satcom for US Air Force

United Launch Alliance is poised to launch a Delta IV Medium rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37 on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 8:29 p.m. EDT. Photo Credit: Jeffrey J. Soulliere / AmericaSpace

For the second time this year, United Launch Alliance (ULA) will boost a workhorse Delta IV aloft—this […]

Retro Space Images: Test, Test, Test

Photo Credit: USAF / Retro Space Images

Smoke & Fire — Atlas 11C is launched from Pad 12 on August 24, 1959.

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Staging Point for the Stars: Space Launch Complexes 40 and 41

An Atlas V rocket with its GPSIIF4 payload launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Between them, they have spent nearly five decades sending robotic explorers to almost every planet—and a few “non-planets,” too—in our Solar System. Missions bound for Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, […]

'How About Now?' The Faith in Gordon Cooper (Part 1)

Fifty years ago, on 15 May 1963, America launched astronaut Gordon Cooper on its longest manned space mission to date. In doing so, NASA began to take strides toward meeting President John Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the Moon before the end of the decade. The humiliation of Yuri Gagarin’s orbital flight had been […]