Air Force AEHF-4 Satellite Arrives in Florida for October Atlas V Launch

Lockheed Martin’s fourth AEHF satellite in processing before being shipped to Cape Canaveral for launch atop a ULA Atlas V rocket in October for the U.S. Air Force. Two other AEHF satellites are in production as well. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Air Force’s fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-4) satellite, which will […]

Photo Feature: Double (No) Trouble—ULA Atlas V With AEHF-3 and Orbital's Antares With Cygnus 1

AmericaSpace broke its core photography team into two elements this past week to report on two launches taking place in a single day. Photo Credit: Alan Walters & John Studwell / AmericaSpace

Virginia Is for (Rocket) Lovers:

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va — Concerns about high-upper level winds and cloud ceilings failed to materialize this […]

A New Dawn: Atlas V Night Launch Delivers AEHF-3 Into Orbit for US Air Force

Since December 2006, United Launch Alliance (ULA) has flown a total of 75 missions with three families of boosters—the Delta II, Delta IV, and Atlas V. Tonight’s launch of an Atlas V successfully inserted the U.S. Air Force’s third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-3) satellite into orbit. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

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One Day, Two Launches: East Coast Launch Facilities Set to Roar Tomorrow

As it currently stands, two launches will take place off the U.S. East Coast on Sept. 18. Photo Credit: Mike Howard & Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va — From two different locations, NASA, in partnership with Orbital Sciences Corporation, along with United Launch Alliance ULA) and the U.S. Air Force, are […]

Critical AEHF-3 Military Communications Satellite Ready for Atlas V Launch

This version of the Atlas V employs a fairing (the protective cover covering the payload) made in Switzerland, three solid rocket boosters manufactured by Aerojet, and RD-180 engines produced in Russia. Photo Credit: United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance (ULA)—the Centennial, Colo.-based launch services organization, which operates the Atlas V and Delta IV vehicles […]

ULA Reflects on 50th Launch Under EELV Program

With the upcoming flight Atlas V rocket, United Launch Alliance will mark the fiftieth liftoff under Expendable Launch Vehicle Program. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program began in the 1990s with the express purpose of guaranteeing access to orbit for Department of Defense and United States Air Force […]

Atlas V Launches AEHF-2 Satellite For Classified U.S. Messages

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V carries a U.S. Air Force/ Lockheed Martin AEHF spacecraft to orbit. The AEHF-2 satellite will carry the most highly-classified U. S. satcom traffic. This flight marks the 30th successful Atlas V mission; the launch vehicle has a 100 percent success record. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/awaltersphoto.com

The second U.S. […]

Launch Of Atlas V With AEHF-2 Scrubbed

There has been a 24-hour delay in the launch of a ULA Atlas V 531 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex-41 in Florida. Photo Credit; Jeffrey J. Soulliere

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – The launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 531 rocket and its U.S. Air Force Advanced […]

Launch Viewing Guide / Atlas-V AEHF Set For May 3rd Liftoff

United Launch Alliance always creates an attractive poster as a keepsake for every Atlas mission. Photo Credit: ULA

United Launch Alliance is readying to launch the second Advanced Extreme High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite for the USAF atop an Atlas-V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 41 this Thursday. The $1 […]

Secret Communication Missions Await Atlas V Launch Of Advanced EHF Satcom

Twin nozzle Russian Energomash RD-180 engine will generate 860,000 lb. of thrust to launch AEHF 2 spacecraft. Three Aerojet SRBs will push liftoff thrust to 1.7 million lb. Photo Credit: United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance (ULA) and the U. S. Air Force are poised to launch the second Advanced Extreme High Frequency (AEHF) […]