PHOTOS: Air Force SBIRS GEO 3 Soars on Shoulders of Atlas

The third Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Orbit (SBIRS GEO-3) spacecraft—a critical war fighting satellite and one of the most expensive of all U.S. military space assets—is undergoing early checkout in orbit following its successful launch from Cape Canaveral last night, Jan. 20, on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. Photo Credit: […]

Delta IV Propels WGS-8 Toward Secret GEO Location

Picture-perfect liftoff last night for United Launch Alliance and their Delta-IV rocket with the eighth U.S. Air Force / Boeing Wideband Global Satcom satellite (WGS-8), now en-route to a 22,300-mile geosynchronous orbit. Photo Credit: John Kraus / AmericaSpace

The most powerful Boeing/Air Force military communications spacecraft ever launched—the WGS 8 Wideband Global Satcom—is climbing […]

Most Powerful USAF Satcom Readied for Delta IV Launch Wednesday Night

File photo of a ULA Delta IV rocket standing by to deliver the sixth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-6) satellite to geosynchronous orbit for the U.S. Air Force. The WGS satellites are an important element of a new high-capacity satellite communications system providing enhanced communications capabilities to our troops in the field for the next […]

AFSPC-6 Launch Helps Form Extraordinary New US Space Defense Foundation

The successful launch Aug. 19, 2016, of two new U.S. Air Force Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) spacecraft on a ULA Delta- IV 4,2 rocket joins two sister satellites in forming an extraordinary new U. S. space defense foundation in geosynchronous orbit. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

The successful launch Aug. 19, […]

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

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

Atlas-V Returns with MUOS-5 June 24, Senate Says No More Russian Engines by 2022

ULA’s workhorse booster has been grounded since an engine anomaly occurred on the OA-6 launch, but it is now cleared to return to flight, starting with MUOS-5 as soon as June 24, 2016. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

 

 

 

Being grounded for the last several months due to an investigation into an […]

Spectacular Delta-IV Heavy Lofts Secret NRO 37 Eavesdropper

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta-IV Heavy booster lofting a classified multi-billion dollar NRO satellite from Cape Canaveral AFS Launch Complex-37B on June 11, 2016. Photo Credit: John Kraus / AmericaSpace

America’s critical intelligence capabilities in geostationary orbit have been doubled with the apparently successful flight of a multi-billion-dollar secret Advanced Orion/Mentor eavesdropping satellite […]

The Inside Story of How Aviation Week’s Decision to Sit on One Cold War Blockbuster Led to Another

DIA briefings arranged by Gen. “Davy” Jones as part of Aviation Week’s deal not to publish KH-11 details revealed the Soviets had begun development of a space shuttle that ultimately flew only once—unmanned— in November 1988. Credit: Energia

Editor’s note: This month Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine, where our U.S. Military […]

Orbital ATK Negotiating to Use VAB for Potential Next Gen EELV Rocket for USAF

NASA and Orbital ATK are in negotiations for the Dulles, Va.-based company to make use of the agency’s VAB High Bay 2 to process a potential next generation EELV rocket that Orbital ATK received Air Force funding to begin development on earlier this year. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

This week NASA’s Kennedy […]

Air Force Funds Both AR1 and BE-4 Rocket Engine Development to Replace ULA's Russian RD-180

BE-4 methane engine components undergo hot-fire test at the Bezos West Texas test site. Photo Credit: Blue Origin

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) decision to continue funding both the Aerojet Rocketdyne AR1 and the Blue Origin BE-4 engines will end United Launch Alliance (ULA) dependance on the Russian RD-180 for the Atlas-V rocket and […]