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Atlas V Launches Hi-Res Commercial Earth Watcher From Vandenberg

United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Atlas V roars away from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 11:30:30 a.m. PDT Wednesday, 13 August, to deliver WorldView-3 into orbit. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher/AmericaSpace

Flying for a third time in less than three weeks, its second Atlas V in only 12 days and its tenth overall mission of [...]

WorldView-3 Mission to Provide Unprecedented Commercial Earth Imagery

From early 2015, WorldView-3 will provide the finest resolution ever attained by commercial Earth-imaging satellites outside the military. Photo Credit: Ball Aerospace

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Commerce gave permission for DigitalGlobe—the Longmont, Colo.-based provider of commercial space imagery and geospatial content—to collect and sell Earth imagery at resolutions never before [...]

Atlas V Successfully Launches Third GPS Satellite of 2014

Stunning perspective of the Atlas V launch, carrying the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-7 satellite into orbit. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

In stark contrast to the primarily weather-related delays which plagued its predecessor, the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-4 mission, United Launch Alliance (ULA) scored an impressive, on-time liftoff of its ninth flight of [...]

ULA Prepares to Launch Second Mission Within One Week ... For Third Time in 2014

The seventh Global Positioning System (GPS) Block IIF satellite, encapsulated within its payload fairing, is presently scheduled to rocket into orbit Friday night. Photo Credit: ULA

With eight successful launches under its belt so far in 2014, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to attempt a ninth on Friday, 1 August, with the flight [...]

ULA Set to Upgrade Atlas V Pad for Human Launches of Boeing CST-100 Space Taxi—ULA and Boeing Speak With AmericaSpace

Artist’s concept of Boeing’s CST-100 space taxi atop a man-rated ULA Atlas-V rocket showing new crew access tower and arm at Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Credit: ULA/Boeing

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is nearly set to upgrade their Atlas V pad to support human launches from [...]

MAVEN Celebrates 100 Days From Mars Orbit Insertion on Friday the 13th

MAVEN—NASA’s next Red Planet orbiter—marks 100 days from Mars orbit insertion (MOI) engine firing on Friday the 13th of June 2014. MAVEN arrives at Mars on Sept. 21, 2014. Credit: NASA

Are you Friggatriskaidekaphobic (suffering from the irrational fear of Friday the 13th)?

Supremely defying any hints of superstition, the fearless team directing MAVEN—NASA’s [...]

Who Will Fly Aboard Boeing’s First Private CST-100 ‘Space Taxi’? One-on-One Interview With Chris Ferguson, Last Shuttle Commander

Chris Ferguson, NASA’s last space shuttle commander, works at consoles testing on-orbit, docking, and entry scenarios on the Boeing CST-100 capsule, which can fly U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station in 2017. Ferguson is now Boeing’s director of Crew and Mission Operations for the Commercial Crew Program vying for NASA funding. Credit: NASA/Boeing

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ULA Primed for Classified NROL-33 Mission on Sixth Launch of 2014

Mission artwork for the National Reconnaissance Office Launch (NROL)-33 mission. Image Credit: ULA

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is primed to launch its sixth mission in less than four months on Thursday, 22 May, when it delivers the classified NROL-33 payload into orbit on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office. Liftoff of the Atlas V booster, [...]

Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Spacecraft to Fly Through Earth’s Magnetic Reconnection Events for First 3-D Maps—NASA Administrator Bolden Visit

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden poses with the agency’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft, mission personnel, Goddard Center Director Chris Scolese, and NASA Associate Administrator John Grunsfeld, during a visit to the cleanroom at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., on May 12, 2014. Credit: Ken Kremer- kenkremer.com

NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, MD [...]

Despite Poor Weather Forecast, ULA Shoots for Thursday Delta IV Launch Attempt of GPS IIF-6

Artist’s impression of a Block IIF GPS satellite in orbit. Image Credit: U.S. Air Force

For the second time in 2014, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is primed to fly its venerable Delta IV on a mission to deliver another member of the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF “constellation” of satellites into a medium orbit, [...]