Rarely Used Heavyweight Atlas V Delivers Military AFSPC-11 Payload to High Orbit

Late day launch for ULA today, April 14, 2018, as Atlas V delivered the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-11 mission to orbit from Florida’s Space Coast. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

Pummeling the ground with an estimated 2.5 million pounds (1.1 million kg) of thrust, the largest and most powerful member of United […]

InSight Mars Lander Arrives at Vandenberg for First Planetary Launch from West Coast in May

InSight arrives inside its shipping container at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Feb. 28, 2018. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin Space

NASA’s next Mars mission is another step closer to taking flight – the InSight spacecraft has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California, ahead of a launch this coming May. The InSight […]

Don't Freak Out Sunday California, It's Just SpaceX Launching the PAZ Satellite

The launch of Iridium-4 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on December 22, 2017, from Vandenberg AFB, CA, caused a lot of clueless people to freak out as the booster was an amazing sight in sunset’s fading twilight. Photo: SpaceX

UPDATE FEB 17: – The Falcon 9 was rolled out to its launch pad […]

SpaceX Hired Company to Destroy Floating GovSat Booster, Not USAF

The flight-proven first stage which launched GovSat-1, floating in the ocean after conducting a very high retrothrust landing in water. SpaceX hoped to tow it back to shore, but claims the booster fell apart before they could carry out an unplanned recovery. Multiple trusted anonymous sources claimed it was taken out by the U.S. […]

Air Force Didn't Take Out SpaceX's GovSat Booster, Private Company Did (UPDATED WITH CORRECTION)

The flight-proven first stage which launched GovSat-1, floating in the ocean after conducting a very high retrothrust landing in water. SpaceX hoped to tow it back to shore, but called in the Air Force to blow it up instead. Credit: Elon Musk via Twitter

UPDATE 2/9/2018: SpaceX issued a statement denying any USAF involvement, […]

SpaceX Says Gov't Shutdown Will Impact Falcon Heavy, ISS Resupply Missions and Others

The inaugural SpaceX Falcon Heavy atop launch pad 39A for testing recently. Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

The federal government shutdown currently underway will impact the nation’s ability to launch space missions, and not just government missions either. SpaceX is currently testing their inaugural Falcon Heavy rocket on pad 39A at the Kennedy Space […]

Spectacular Views of ULA's 75th Atlas-V Launch with SBIRS GEO-4 Missile Defense Satellite

LIFTOFF of the rarely seen Atlas-V 411 variant, headed to space with SBIRS GEO-4. Photo: John Kraus / AmericaSpace

ULA just launched the fourth satellite of the U.S Air Force Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Orbit (SBIRS) program, also known to the Pentagon as the nation’s highest priority space program for preventing nuclear war. […]

ULA to Try Launching Billion Dollar SBIRS Missile Defense Satellite Again Tonight

Sunset at Launch Complex 41, where a ULA Atlas-V rocket stands ready to launch to the fourth U.S. Air Force Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Orbit (SBIRS GEO-4) spacecraft Thursday evening. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

UPDATE:

The first launch attempt on Jan 18 was scrubbed, below is ULA’s statement:

“Launch of Atlas […]

Fourth SBIRS Missile Defense Satellite Begins Fueling for January Launch on Atlas-V

SBIRS GEO Flight 4, the next Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite to join the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) during assembly and test at Lockheed Martin’s satellite manufacturing facility in Sunnyvale, California. Credit: Lockheed Martin

Teams at Cape Canaveral AFS in Florida have been given a GO to begin loading 430 […]

Fourth Critical SBIRS Missile Defense Satellite Arrives at Cape Canaveral for January Launch

SBIRS GEO Flight 4, the next Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite to join the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) during assembly and test at Lockheed Martin’s satellite manufacturing facility in Sunnyvale, California. Photo: Lockheed Martin

The fourth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Orbit (SBIRS GEO-4) spacecraft—a crucial war fighting satellite to […]