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 […]

OA-8 Cygnus Mission to Honor Gene Cernan, 45 Years After Last Moonwalks

The OA-8 Cygnus, pictured in the clean room, with an image of its astronaut namesake, veteran Moonwalker Gene Cernan. Photo Credit: Elliot Severn/AmericaSpace

Only months before its purchase by Northrop Grumman is expected to be finalized, Orbital ATK plans to launch its next Cygnus cargo freighter (OA-8) to the International Space Station (ISS), no […]