Delta IV Medium+ (5,2) Launches Final Mission, Delivers Secretive NROL-47 Payload to Orbit

The final Delta IV Medium+ (5,2) takes flight at 2:11 p.m. PST Friday, 12 January. Photo Credit: ULA/Twitter

One of the least-used variants of the mighty Delta IV booster flew its final manifested mission today (Friday, 12 January), delivering the classified NROL-47 payload into orbit on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Originally […]

SpaceX Primed for Final Falcon 9 v1.1 Launch on Sunday

Sunday’s launch of Jason-3 marks the final flight of the Falcon 9 in its v1.1 configuration. Future missions will utilize the Upgraded Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Less than 28 months since its maiden voyage—which delivered Canada’s low-Earth orbiting Cascade, SmallSat and IOnospheric Polar Explorer (CASSIOPE) aloft, back in September 2013—SpaceX […]

Giant Delta IV Heavy Boosts Classified NROL-65 Payload into Orbit

It has been over two years since Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., last played host to the world’s largest and most powerful rocket in active service. The scorching of the Delta IV Heavy in the seconds after liftoff is readily apparent in this view. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher / AmericaSpace

United Launch Alliance […]

Mammoth Delta IV Heavy Primed for Wednesday Mission to Launch Classified NROL-65 Satellite

It has been over two years since Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., last played host to the world’s largest and most powerful rocket in active service. The scorching of the Delta IV Heavy in the seconds after liftoff is readily apparent in this NROL-49 ascent view. Photo Credit: National Reconnaissance Office

It has been […]