Atlas V Successfully Launches Classified NROL-39 Payload Into Orbit for National Reconnaissance Office

Powered by its single RD-180 engine, the Atlas V 501 soars aloft from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on 5 December 2013, carrying the NROL-13 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher/AmericaSpace

Cloaked in secrecy and shrouded by the hours of darkness, United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully launched a […]

NASA Administrator, Interior Secretary Attend Landsat Launch

Image Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation

WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will attend the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Monday, Feb. 11. The launch is scheduled for 10:02 a.m. PST.

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Landsat Data Continuity Mission Primed and Ready for 11 February Launch

Like the TDRS-K satellite, launched on 30 January, LDCM will rise into orbit atop an Atlas V 401 booster. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

Four decades of critical observations of the Home Planet will continue in spectacular style on Monday, 11 February, with the scheduled liftoff of the Landsat Data Continuity […]