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 […]

Euphoria as NASA’s New Landsat Earth-Watcher Finally Flies

NASA and United Launch Alliance successfully launched the LDCM satellite today at 10:02 a.m. PST. Photo Credit: ULA / Pat Corkery

A new Earth-watching sentinel is presently circling the globe in near-polar orbit, following today’s beautiful launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The spacecraft—which represents the […]