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Secretive Vandenberg Launch Caps 14-Mission Banner Year for ULA

The Atlas V 541 spears into the darkened Vandenberg sky at 7:19 p.m. PST Friday, 12 December, completing ULA’s 14th mission of 2014. Photo Credit: ULA

After a 24-hour delay, Friday night’s successful 7:19 p.m. PST launch of the classified NROL-35 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, atop an Atlas V 541 booster from […]

Vandenberg's Most Powerful Atlas V Mission to Shake West Coast Launch Site on Thursday

Twice used, the Atlas V 541 saw its maiden launch in November 2011, delivering NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and the Curiosity rover on their voyage to the Red Planet. Thursday’s NROL-35 mission will be the first 541 to fly from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Photo Credit: Mike Killian

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ULA Prepares for Fifth Atlas V 501 Mission to Deliver Classified NROL-39 Payload to Orbit

Like February’s flight of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the NROL-39 payload will be launched atop an Atlas V in its “501” configuration. Photo Credit: ULA / Pat Corkery

For only the fifth time in its history, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is primed to fly an Atlas V in its “501” configuration Thursday, […]

CASSIOPE Mission Delayed After 'Anomalies' During Hot Fire Test

Tweeted by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk last week, the Falcon 9 v1.1 boasts uprated Merlin-1D engines and a 43-foot-long bullet-like payload fairing to encapsulate the CASSIOPE payload. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Elon Musk

SpaceX’s long-awaited “Flight Six” of its Falcon 9 rocket—the first in the new “v1.1″ configuration, powered by uprated Merlin-1D engines—must wait a little […]

NASA Exercises First ELVIS-2 Contract Option

Setting for the most historic events in human history, the Kennedy Space Center is the primary base for the ELVIS-2 contract. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA has exercised the first option on a contract which provides integrated services to prepare and launch the next generation of scientific and exploration missions. The two-year Option Period 1 […]

NASA’s Newest Sun-Watcher Arrives on the West Coast

The IRIS spacecraft arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on 16 April, ahead of its scheduled flight aboard a Pegasus air-launched booster on 28 May. Photo Credit: NASA

Six weeks before its scheduled launch, NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) satellite was delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., last week for final […]

United Launch Alliance’s Delta II Tapped to Launch ICESat-2 by NASA

NASA has selected the United Launch Alliance Delta II to send its ICESat-2 spacecraft into polar orbit. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The Launch Services Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, located in Florida, has selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Delta II rocket to launch the agency’s Ice, Cloud, and […]

Atlas V Landsat LDCM Satellite Launch Video

Video Credit: NASA

This is the edited NASA video from today’s United Launch Alliance Atlas rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.  The Atlas V 401 rocket carried the latest Landsat satellite, dubbed LDCM (for Landsat Data Continuity Mission) into a polar orbit after a successful launch at 10:02 a.m. PST.

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Euphoria as NASA’s New Landsat Earth-Watcher Finally Flies

NASA and United Launch Alliance successfully launched the LDCM satellite today at 10:02 a.m. PST. Photo Credit: ULA / Pat Corkery

A new Earth-watching sentinel is presently circling the globe in near-polar orbit, following today’s beautiful launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The spacecraft—which represents the eighth […]

NASA Administrator, Interior Secretary Attend Landsat Launch

Image Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation

WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will attend the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Monday, Feb. 11. The launch is scheduled for 10:02 a.m. PST.

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