60th ULA Atlas V Delivers EchoStar-XIX Communications Satellite to Orbit in Year-End Mission

Powered by its single RD-180 first-stage engine and three solid-fueled boosters, the Atlas V 431 springs away from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at the Cape at 2:13 p.m. EST on Sunday, 18 December. Photo Credit: John Kraus/AmericaSpace

Only weeks after passing its 10th anniversary of operations, and just over a year since its 100th […]

GOES-R Set for Saturday Launch, Ready for Quantum Leap in Earth Weather Watching

The GOES-R spacecraft is prepared for its 19 November 2016 launch. Photo Credit: NASA

For only the fourth occasion in its history, the Atlas V will rise from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., in its second-most-powerful active operational variant on Saturday evening. The rarely used “541” configuration of United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) highly […]

Atlas V Rocks Vandenberg, Delivering WorldView-4 Satellite to Orbit

Artist’s concept of WorldView-4 in orbit. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

After almost two months of delays, caused by raging wildland fires which swept across vast areas of Vandenberg’s North and South Base, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully roared away from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-3E at 10:30 a.m. PST (1:30 p.m. […]

Commercial Earth-Watcher Ready for Friday Morning Launch

DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 satellite is readied for encapsulation in the Atlas V payload fairing on 8 September 2016. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

Twenty-five months after the WorldView-3 commercial Earth-imaging satellite was launched into orbit, its near-twin is set to rocket out of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., no sooner than Friday, 16 September, atop a […]

OSIRIS-REx Stands Ready for Date With Asteroid Bennu (Part 1)

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has completed assembly at Lockheed Martin Space Systems near Denver, Colo. Over the next several months engineers will put the spacecraft through a series of intense tests. The $800 million mission to retrieve samples from Astroid Bennu is scheduled to launch in September 2016. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

Just two days […]

Nearly There: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Being Readied for Sept. 8 Launch

An artist’s rendering of OSIRIS-REx at asteroid 101955 Bennu. Image Credit: NASA

The last decade has proven to be watershed years for deep space exploration. While the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft proved a small lander could be set down upon a rocky comet, other missions including NASA’s Curiosity rover, Dawn, and New […]

Cygnus Soars Under Overcast Skies on Return to Space Station After Days of Weather Delays

Launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus OA-4 cargo ship to resupply the International Space Station Dec. 6, 2015, flying off pad 41 atop a Unbited Launch Alliance Atlas-V booster from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

After three scrubbed launch attempts—most recently on Saturday, 5 December, which was called off just before […]

Earth's Solar Sentinel: 20 Years of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)

Massive X-10 solar flare, detected by the joint NASA/ESA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) in October 2003. The Sun-watching spacecraft was launched 20 years ago, tomorrow, on 2 December 1995. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost a million miles (1.5 million km) “ahead” of Earth, looping about an elliptical orbit in the vicinity of a gravitational […]

100 Percent Success as ULA Delivers 100th Mission Safely to Orbit

A ULA Atlas-V 421 rocket successfully launched the Morelos-3 mission for Mexico’s Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes (Ministry of Communications and Transportation) this morning, securing a place in ULA’s history books as the 100th flight executed by the company since its formation in December 2006. Morelos-3 marks the 57th Atlas-V launch since its first […]

Morelos-3 Communications Satellite Destined to Fly Aboard 100th ULA Mission on Friday

The Morelos-3 satellite is encapsulated within its 13-foot-diameter (4-meter) Payload Fairing (PLF), ahead of integration with the Atlas V 421. Photo Credit: ULA

For the second time this year—and only the fifth occasion in its history—United Launch Alliance (ULA) will fly the venerable Atlas V booster in its sparingly-used “421” configuration on Friday, 2 […]