Fourth Atlas-V Spaceplane Launch Heralds X-37B Program Shift As Centaur to Deploy Naval Satellites at Higher Inclination

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) at Vandenberg Air Force Base after completing 674 days in space. A total of three X-37B missions have been completed, totaling 1,367 days on orbit. OTV-4, launching on the AFSPC-5 mission May 20, is more focused on military spaceplane payload development instead of X-37B flight testing of its […]

ULA Delivers Classified NRO Satellite to Orbit on Company's Second Launch in Less Than a Week

A ULA Atlas-V rocket launching a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnassiance Office on May 22, 2014, from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Mission NROL-33. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

A classified top-secret satellite for the U.S. government made its way to space this morning, thundering atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket into […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 /

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 […]

Stunning Video Captures Launch of Atlas V

Video courtesy of Wired4Space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – Getting still photographs to work during launches is difficult, but AmericaSpace and its partner organizations are working to provide our viewers with not just still imagery – but video as well. Wired4Space’s Mike Barrett and Jeff Siebert have provided AmericaSpace with this amazing […]

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 […]

Secret Relay Satellite Bound For Geosynchronous Orbit On Atlas V

Four meter Atlas V 401 shroud carrying seventh SDS 3 satellite is lifted atop single engine Centaur. Photo Credit: ULA

Details emerging about a secret National Reconnaissance Office Atlas V mission, set for launch from Cape Canaveral early Monday June 18,  indicate the payload is most likely a 7,900 lb. Satellite Data System (SDS) […]