Long-Delayed Delta IV Heavy Lofts Heavyweight NROL-71 Spy Satellite

ULA’s first flight of 2019 sets off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 11:10 a.m. PST Saturday, 19 January. Photo Credit: Brian Sandoval/AmericaSpace

Although relegated last February to second place on the list of the world’s most powerful operational rockets—sitting behind SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy—the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy roared to […]

Atlas V 551 Heavylifter Back in Business for Long-Delayed AEHF-4 Launch for Air Force

United Launch Alliance (ULA) launches its 50th mission for the U.S. Air Force and the 250th flight of a Centaur booster in the opening minutes of Wednesday, 17 October. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

The most powerful member of United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Atlas V fleet—the mighty “551” variant, previously used on eight occasions, from […]

Rarely Used Heavyweight Atlas V Delivers Military AFSPC-11 Payload to High Orbit

Late day launch for ULA today, April 14, 2018, as Atlas V delivered the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-11 mission to orbit from Florida’s Space Coast. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

Pummeling the ground with an estimated 2.5 million pounds (1.1 million kg) of thrust, the largest and most powerful member of United […]

GOES-S Launches Atop Rarely Used Atlas V 541, Heads for West-Based Orbital Position for Weather Monitoring Role

The four solid-fueled boosters and single engine of the Atlas V Common Core Booster (CCB) flare as GOES-S departs for its mission. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

Picking up the baton for what is expected to be one of its busiest years on record, United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully delivered the NASA/NOAA’s latest Geostationary […]

Means and the Muscle: Where Does Falcon Heavy Stand Alongside the Heavylifters?

Last week’s launch of the maiden Falcon Heavy has opened a niche in the market for super-heavylift launch vehicles. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

“If you can hear me over the cheering,” intoned SpaceX’s John Insprucker in the seconds after 3:45 p.m. EST Tuesday, 6 February, “Falcon Heavy, heading to space on her test-flight. Building […]

75th Atlas V Successfully Lofts SBIRS GEO-4 Infrared Warning Sentinel to High Orbit

A long exposure view tonight as ULA’s Atlas-V successfully launched America’s fourth critical Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Orbit (#SBIRS) spacecraft. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

After wrapping up one of its quietest years on record in 2017, with only eight launches across its Delta IV, Atlas V and Delta II fleet, United […]

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 Delivers Secretive Zuma Payload to Orbit, Returns Upgraded Falcon 9 First Stage to LZ-1

The Upgraded Falcon 9 launches, performs its three-part Boostback, Entry and Landing Burn and returns to an LZ-1 touchdown in the first SpaceX mission of 2018. Photo Credit: John Kraus/AmericaSpace

Only days after SpaceX elevated its long-awaited Falcon Heavy booster for pre-Static Fire fit-checks on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), the […]

Polar-Orbiting Environment Watcher Launches Atop Second-to-Last Delta II

After two foiled launch attempts on Tuesday and Wednesday, the second-to-last Delta II took flight at 1:47:36 a.m. PST on Saturday, 18 November. Photo Credit: ULA/Walter Scriptunas III

Today’s crackling growl of a Delta II taking flight is expected to be repeated only once more, before this impeccably reliable launch vehicle retires from operational […]

Second-to-Last Delta II Launch with JPSS-1 Satellite Rescheduled for Saturday

The soon to be extinct Delta-II rocket awaiting launch with the JPSS-1 satellite for NASA and NOAA. Credit: ULA

UPDATED Nov 17: Statement from ULA, “confirmed on the Western Range for Saturday, Nov. 18. The launch time is 1:47 a.m. PT.”

UPDATED Nov 15: Statement from ULA, “scrubbed due to […]