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

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Critical AEHF-3 Military Communications Satellite Ready for Atlas V Launch

This version of the Atlas V employs a fairing (the protective cover covering the payload) made in Switzerland, three solid rocket boosters manufactured by Aerojet, and RD-180 engines produced in Russia. Photo Credit: United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance (ULA)—the Centennial, Colo.-based launch services organization, which operates the Atlas V and Delta IV vehicles [...]

Orion Components Arrive at KSC in Preparation for Test Flight

NASA has the first flight of the Orion spacecraft scheduled to take place in the latter half of 2014. More and more elements needed to conduct this mission have been assembled and are being readied for the inaugural flight of NASA’s new spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — There has been talk in [...]

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.

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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Landsat Data Continuity Mission Primed and Ready for 11 February Launch

Like the TDRS-K satellite, launched on 30 January, LDCM will rise into orbit atop an Atlas V 401 booster. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

Four decades of critical observations of the Home Planet will continue in spectacular style on Monday, 11 February, with the scheduled liftoff of the Landsat Data Continuity [...]

Of Polar Bears and Thematic Mappers: The 40-Year Landsat Achievement

Landsat 7, the most recent arrival in a family which began as the Earth Resources Technology Satellite, has operated from near-polar orbit since April 1999. In February of next year, it and the aging Landsat 5 will be joined by the next-generation Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). Image Credit: NASA

Twelve miles off the [...]