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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, [...]

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 [...]

Atlas V Successfully Launches Classified NROL-39 Payload Into Orbit for National Reconnaissance Office

Powered by its single RD-180 engine, the Atlas V 501 soars aloft from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on 5 December 2013, carrying the NROL-13 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher/AmericaSpace

Cloaked in secrecy and shrouded by the hours of darkness, United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully launched a [...]

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, [...]

Faulty Valve Replacement Delays ULA's Next Delta IV Launch

The Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-5 is moved onto a transporter on 17 September 2013, whilst in clean room conditions at the Navstar Processing Facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Photo Credit: Boeing

With a launch-heavy weekend behind us—Sunday, 29 September having seen both the successful maiden flight of SpaceX’s [...]

Aerojet Rocketdyne Signs Extension to Agreement with Russia's Fakel

The Hall-effect thruster aboard the European Space Agency’s SMART-1 mission. Launched in 2003, this became the first Hall thruster to be utilized beyond geosynchronous orbit. Photo Credit: ESA

Shortly after the completion of the $550 million Aerojet-Rocketdyne merger, the new company last week signed an extension to its teaming agreement with Experimental Design Bureau [...]

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 [...]