Secretive Vandenberg Launch Caps 14-Mission Banner Year for ULA

The Atlas V 541 spears into the darkened Vandenberg sky at 7:19 p.m. PST Friday, 12 December, completing ULA’s 14th mission of 2014. Photo Credit: ULA

After a 24-hour delay, Friday night’s successful 7:19 p.m. PST launch of the classified NROL-35 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, atop an Atlas V 541 booster […]

Vandenberg's Most Powerful Atlas V Mission to Shake West Coast Launch Site on Thursday

Twice used, the Atlas V 541 saw its maiden launch in November 2011, delivering NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and the Curiosity rover on their voyage to the Red Planet. Thursday’s NROL-35 mission will be the first 541 to fly from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Photo Credit: Mike Killian

In direct contrast […]

Atlas V Launches Hi-Res Commercial Earth Watcher From Vandenberg

United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Atlas V roars away from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 11:30:30 a.m. PDT Wednesday, 13 August, to deliver WorldView-3 into orbit. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher/AmericaSpace

Flying for a third time in less than three weeks, its second Atlas V in only 12 days and its tenth overall mission […]

WorldView-3 Mission to Provide Unprecedented Commercial Earth Imagery

From early 2015, WorldView-3 will provide the finest resolution ever attained by commercial Earth-imaging satellites outside the military. Photo Credit: Ball Aerospace

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Commerce gave permission for DigitalGlobe—the Longmont, Colo.-based provider of commercial space imagery and geospatial content—to collect and sell Earth imagery at resolutions never […]

Atlas V Successfully Launches Military Weather Satellite Into Near-Polar Orbit

 

Today’s spectacular launch was the 80th by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) vehicle since the company’s formation in December 2006. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully staged its 80th mission since the company was formed in December 2006. Liftoff of the venerable Atlas V booster—flying in its […]

Atlas V to Launch Military Weather Satellite From Vandenberg Air Force Base Thursday

 

An Atlas V 401 was also employed to launch the last DMSP mission, Block 5D3 Flight 18, in October 2009. Photo Credit: ULA

With its NROL-67 mission currently grounded at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, due to ongoing problems in the aftermath of a radar tracking system fire, United Launch Alliance (ULA) […]