Secret Relay Satellite Bound For Geosynchronous Orbit On Atlas V

Four meter Atlas V 401 shroud carrying seventh SDS 3 satellite is lifted atop single engine Centaur. Photo Credit: ULA

Details emerging about a secret National Reconnaissance Office Atlas V mission, set for launch from Cape Canaveral early Monday June 18, indicate the payload is most likely a 7,900 lb. Satellite Data System […]

Launch Viewing Guide: ULA Atlas-V Rocket To Launch NROL-38 Monday Morning

Atlas-V NROL-38 Poster. Credit: United Launch Alliance

Atlas-V NROL-38 Poster. Credit: United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is in the final days of preparing to launch their fifth rocket this year, one which will carry a classified payload into orbit for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The mission, designated as NROL-38, is scheduled to launch atop a 19-story […]

ULA Launches Delta IV Medium With NROL-25

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket successfully carried its NRO payload to orbit at 4:12 p.m. PDT. Photo Credit: Pat Corkery / United Launch Alliance

The skies of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California trembled from the roar of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Medium+ 5, 2 rocket. The payload […]

Air Force Faces Increased Launch Costs Thanks To Constellation Termination

As reported by Ben Ionnatta of the Air Force Times, Gary Payton, deputy undersecretary of the Air Force for space programs, testified before Congress on Friday that the Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office could face major increases in the cost of launching satellites as a result of the Obama administration’s decision to cancel NASA’s […]