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Next Launch GPS IIF-8 on a Atlas V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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29 Oct 14 17:21:00 GMT
29 Oct 14 13:21:00 EDT

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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 [...]

China’s Most Ambitious Mission Captured In Stunning Images

Shenzhou 9's Long March 2F arrives at its Jiuquan launch pad in the Gobi desert. Photo Credit: AFP

China’s June 16 launch of the Shenzhou 9 mission on a Long March 2F rocket marks a highly colorful week at the Jiuquan Launch Center in the Gobi desert.

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Secret Relay Satellite Bound For Geosynchronous Orbit On Atlas V

Four meter Atlas V 401 shroud carrying seventh SDS 3 satellite is lifted atop single engine Centaur. Photo Credit: ULA

Details emerging about a secret National Reconnaissance Office Atlas V mission, set for launch from Cape Canaveral early Monday June 18,  indicate the payload is most likely a 7,900 lb. Satellite Data System (SDS) [...]

Launch Viewing Guide: ULA Atlas-V Rocket To Launch NROL-38 Monday Morning

Atlas-V NROL-38 Poster. Credit: United Launch Alliance

Atlas-V NROL-38 Poster. Credit: United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is in the final days of preparing to launch their fifth rocket this year, one which will carry a classified payload into orbit for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).  The mission, designated as NROL-38, is scheduled to launch atop a 19-story tall [...]

Top Secret KH-11 Spysat Design Revealed By NRO’s Twin Telescope Gift to NASA

Graphic characterizes the off track imaging capability of the NRO KH-11 Reconnaissance spacecraft. Image Credit: Trendsbuzz.com

The design of the legendary  National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) KH-11 type digital imaging reconnaissance spacecraft,  top secret for 36 years,  has been revealed by the NRO’s transfer to NASA of two surplus recon satellite telescopes which NASA now [...]

Pentagon Warns Of China Failure Risks, As Chinese Woman Astro Set For Launch

Quality control technician checks Long March 2F set to launch the Shenzhou 9 astronauts in mid June at the Jiuquan launch site.

China’s aggressive satellite production and launch pace is threatening launch vehicle failures and the malfunction in orbit of important spacecraft, according to a largely classified Defense Dept. report to Congress.

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Iran Readies May 23 Military Recon Satellite Launch To Monitor Israel

Iranian flag waves at the launch pad where a 72 ft. tall Safir launch vehicle is mounted. Iran has launched three spacecraft since 2009. Photo Credit: FARS

Iran is poised for the imminent launch of a Safir rocket carrying the Defense Ministry’s Fajr imaging satellite to begin tests of increasingly advanced spacecraft to [...]

Top Secret Radar Satellite Set for Vandenberg Liftoff

Artist’s concept of the new NRO imaging radar has large circular synthetic aperture radar antenna to focus energy on targets, and large solar arrays for high power to achieve high resolution. Photo Credit: Charles P. Vick GlobalSecurity.Org

A top secret National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) imaging radar reconnaissance satellite weighing 8 tons, is planned for [...]