Falcon Heavy Ready for First Night Launch with Multitude of Payloads

The Falcon Heavy for STP-2 being readied for roll-out to pad 39A for launch. Photo: SpaceX

For the third time in 16 months, SpaceX is readying the most powerful rocket in its fleet—the tripled-cored Falcon Heavy—to launch from historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Scheduled to fly late Monday […]

Penultimate Single-Stick Delta IV to Launch USAF WGS-10 on Friday

Friday’s mission will be the first flight of the Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) since March 2017, which delivered the most recent Wideband Global Satcom to orbit. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

The Space Coast will be greeted by a rare spectacle on Friday evening (15 March), when United Launch Alliance (ULA) lofts […]

Spectacular Views of ULA's 75th Atlas-V Launch with SBIRS GEO-4 Missile Defense Satellite

LIFTOFF of the rarely seen Atlas-V 411 variant, headed to space with SBIRS GEO-4. Photo: John Kraus / AmericaSpace

ULA just launched the fourth satellite of the U.S Air Force Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Orbit (SBIRS) program, also known to the Pentagon as the nation’s highest priority space program for preventing nuclear […]

History’s First Space Ace, Taking Out a Satellite with an F-15

Maj. Wilbert ‘Doug’ Pearson stands with his modified F-15A, prior to shooting down a satellite on Sept. 13, 1985. Photo: USAF

Thirty-two years ago this week, on Sept. 13, 1985, an accomplished F-15 test pilot named Maj. Wilbert D. “Doug” Pearson (now a retired Maj. Gen.) took off from Edwards Air Force Base, […]

USAF Awards Lockheed GPS M-Code Early Use (MCEU) Ground System Upgrade Contract

The Military Code (M-Code) Early Use (MCEU) contract will accelerate deployment of command and control of M-Code capability to GPS IIR-M and GPS IIF satellites currently on orbit, as well as future GPS III satellites (like GPS III SV02 above), which the Air Force expects to begin launching in 2018. Credits: Lockheed Martin

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SpaceX Launches OTV-5, Lands Another Falcon as Hurricane Approaches

OTV-5 launch. Photo: SpaceX

This morning SpaceX launched the Air Force’s reusable X-37B ‘mini shuttle” Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) from KSC launch pad 39A, putting the vehicle on orbit and bringing the rocket’s first stage booster back to Earth for another successful landing on “Landing Zone 1” just a few miles south of […]

PHOTOS: Air Force SBIRS GEO 3 Soars on Shoulders of Atlas

The third Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Orbit (SBIRS GEO-3) spacecraft—a critical war fighting satellite and one of the most expensive of all U.S. military space assets—is undergoing early checkout in orbit following its successful launch from Cape Canaveral last night, Jan. 20, on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. Photo […]

Russian Techs in ASOC to Monitor SBIRS GEO 3 Launch Jan. 19

A ULA Atlas V rocket launching SBIRS GEO 2. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

As U.S./Russian intelligence controversies swirl between the two countries, a team of Russian rocket technicians will be at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Jan. 19 to monitor real-time engine data from a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas-V […]

AFSPC-6 Launch Helps Form Extraordinary New US Space Defense Foundation

The successful launch Aug. 19, 2016, of two new U.S. Air Force Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) spacecraft on a ULA Delta- IV 4,2 rocket joins two sister satellites in forming an extraordinary new U. S. space defense foundation in geosynchronous orbit. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

The successful launch Aug. […]

Successful NRO/ULA NRO-61 Launch Bolsters Secret Relay

A ULA Atlas-V 421 rocket launching the classified NRO-61 satellite from Cape Canaveral, Fla., July 28, 2016. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

The successful launch today of the 11,000-lb National Reconnaissance Office NRO 61 geosynchronous orbit, real-time relay spacecraft has given the U.S. a major new capability to speedily forward high-resolution imagery […]