Top-Secret NRO-61 Relay Set for Liftoff Thursday as MUOS-5 Finally Climbing to Orbit

An Atlas-V 421 rocket, carrying the NROL-61 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), is transported from the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex-41 for a Thursday morning launch attempt. Photo Credit: ULA

An Atlas-V 421 rocket, carrying the NROL-61 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), is transported from the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex-41 for a Thursday morning launch attempt. Photo Credit: ULA

Two major military space and intelligence operations vital to U.S. national security and future combat operations […]

Military Space Leaders Alarmed by Growing Russian and Chinese Anti-Satellite Threats

The spectacular new long March 11 has been characterized by some analysts as a potential multiple ASAT launcher that could sow the GPS constellation with small killer satellites. Photo Credit: www.news.cn

The spectacular new long March 11 has been characterized by some analysts as a potential multiple ASAT launcher that could sow the GPS constellation with small killer satellites. Photo Credit: www.news.cn

The latest intelligence from Russia and China is alarming top military and civilian space officials about multiple new antisatellite (ASAT) threats against U.S. […]

America's Space Program Primed for New Year of Launch Accomplishments

Propelled by its three 'cores', the Falcon Heavy is now expected to make its maiden voyage no earlier than December 2016. This behemoth will cement its credentials as the most powerful rocket in current operational status, overtaking the Delta IV Heavy. Image Credit: SpaceX

Propelled by its three ‘cores’, the Falcon Heavy is expected to make its maiden voyage in April 2016. This behemoth will cement its credentials as the most powerful rocket in current operational status, overtaking the Delta IV Heavy. Image Credit: SpaceX

As the world stands on the cusp of another year of space exploration […]

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

In direct contrast to […]

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 thanĀ 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, […]

Atlas V Launches Classified NROL-67 Satellite Into Orbit

Not since the flight of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and the Curiosity rover in November 2011 has the powerful Atlas V 541 supported a launch. Today’s flight of NROL-67 is only the second 541 launch ever conducted by United Launch Alliance. Photo Credit: ULA, with thanks to Mike Barrett

The Eastern Range has […]

Delayed Atlas V Ready for Classified NROL-67 Mission Thursday

After multiple delays, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is primed to launch the classified NROL-67 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office on Thursday, 10 April. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters

More than two weeks later than planned, the Eastern Range is primed to support two launches from Space Launch Complexes (SLC)-40 and 41 at […]

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 […]

Secretive NROL-67 Payload Awaits Tuesday Launch Atop Atlas V

The Atlas V has flown just once in its 541 configuration, which represents the second most powerful variant of the rocket. On Tuesday, another 541 will take to the skies of Cape Canaveral, carrying the classified NROL-67 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/awaltersphoto.com

A shroud of secrecy hangs over United […]