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27 Oct 14 22:44:00 GMT
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PHOTOS: Powerhouse Atlas-V Rocket Launches NROL-67 on Secret Mission

A ULA Atlas-v rocket thunders skyward from Cape Canaveral AFS with a top-secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Mission designated NROL-67. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters

On Thursday, April 10, United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully carried out its 81st mission (and its second in two weeks) with [...]

Downrange Radar Tracking Problems Push Secretive NROL-67 Launch to NET April 10

The classified NROL-67 has been delayed a third time and will not launch until at least April 10, 2014. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters

An ongoing issue related to a fire with a radar tracking system downrange of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station has pushed back this week’s planned launch of a classified [...]

Mammoth Delta IV Heavy Primed for Wednesday Mission to Launch Classified NROL-65 Satellite

It has been over two years since Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., last played host to the world’s largest and most powerful rocket in active service. The scorching of the Delta IV Heavy in the seconds after liftoff is readily apparent in this NROL-49 ascent view. Photo Credit: National Reconnaissance Office

It has been [...]

45th Space Wing's Commander: 'Yes, We Are Still Launching Rockets!'

The commander of the 45th Space Wing, Brigadier General Anthony Cotton, addresses members of the press who attended a media day held by the 45th Space Wing. The media day was held to highlight the heavy workload that the men and women of the Eastern Range have in sending various payloads to orbit. Photo [...]

Proposals Sought for Two NASA Space Telescopes

Two space telescopes given to NASA by the National Reconnaissance Office, both of which have characteristics similar to the Hubble Space Telescope (seen here), are being opened up for proposals for innovative uses. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA is looking into a variety of potential uses for two of the space agency’s space-based telescopes. The [...]

Rosie Finally Flies: Atlas V Inserts Classified NROL-36 into Orbit

Photo Credit: Pat Corkery / ULA

Six weeks later than planned, following Range instrumentation issues at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the National Reconnaissance Office’s NROL-36 classified payload – believed to be a pair of $1.3 billion NRO Ocean Surveillance Satellites (NOSS), dedicated to monitoring worldwide civilian and military shipping – thundered into [...]

Team Effort Crucial to Success of Delta IV Heavy

While United Launch Alliance builds the core segments of Delta IV Heavy rocket, other companies add vital elements that make the launch vehicle's amazing capabilities a reality. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Cape Canaveral Fla. – United Launch Alliance (ULA) let its “biggest dog” off the leash on a classified mission last week. The Delta [...]

Launch Viewing Guide: Delta-IV Heavy To Launch Classified NROL-15 Payload Friday Morning

United Launch Alliance poster for the NROL-15 launch has a black leopard circling a Delta IV Heavy:  Image Credit: ULA

United Launch Alliance poster for the NROL-15 launch has a black leopard circling a Delta IV Heavy: Image Credit: ULA

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is less than 48 hours away from attempting to launch their sixth rocket this year, one which will carry a classified payload into orbit for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office [...]

The Delta IV Heavy’s James Bond Mission

Delta IV Heavy with its lower half singed black from the fireball created at ignition climbs from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral. Photo Credit: USAF

At Cape Canaveral, Fla. a unique, souped up version of the world’s most powerful rocket, the Delta IV Heavy is poised for launch at dawn Friday on an [...]

Atlas V Launch with NRO Payload Delayed

The launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V with its national security payload has been delayed until June 20, 2012. Photo Credit: Jeffrey J. Soulliere

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – The launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket with its NROL-38 satellite payload has been delayed to no-earlier-than Wednesday [...]