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X-37B Prepares For Mission
2012-12-10 19:42:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The super secret Air Force space plane that looks like a mini-space shuttle is set to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in less than 24 hours. The X-37B unmanned space plane will be undergoing its third launch, set upon a top secret mission by the Air Force. The spacecraft has a payload capacity about the size of a small truck bed, the contents of which are unknown. X-37B will be hitching a ride aboard United...

2012-11-28 20:20:09

DECATUR, Ala., Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden today discussed the state of the nation's space agency, including science and human exploration, during his visit to the United Launch Alliance (ULA) production facility in Decatur, Ala., where ULA manufactures both Atlas and Delta launch vehicles. Joined by ULA President and CEO Michael Gass, Bolden viewed hardware being prepared for future NASA missions and hosted a town hall meeting with ULA's Alabama...

2012-11-14 12:20:29

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) have completed on-orbit testing of the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) military communications satellite. Following successful spacecraft testing, Satellite Control Authority (SCA) was turned over to the 14(th) Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., for operations. The AEHF system provides vastly improved global, survivable, highly secure, protected communications for...

2012-10-15 11:21:16

WASHINGTON , Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA partner United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed the fifth and final milestone for its Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) agreement with the agency's Commercial Crew Program. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Hazard, System Safety and Probabilistic Risk Assessment detailed how ULA's Atlas V rocket launch system hardware would ensure crew safety during launch and ascent. "The ULA...

2012-10-15 11:23:53

NASA partner United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed the fifth and final milestone for its Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) agreement with the agency's Commercial Crew Program. The Hazard, System Safety and Probabilistic Risk Assessment detailed how ULA's Atlas V rocket launch system hardware would ensure crew safety during launch and ascent. "The ULA team did an outstanding job outlining how it plans to integrate its launch vehicle with completely different spacecraft...

2012-10-09 11:21:50

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] is making steady progress in a key test phase on GeoEye's (NASDAQ: GEOY) next-generation, high-resolution imaging satellite, GeoEye-2, as IKONOS, the world's first commercial remote sensing spacecraft marks 13 years of outstanding services for GeoEye's customers around the globe. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company is developing GeoEye-2 under a fixed-price contract with GeoEye. The satellite is currently...

2012-10-04 10:20:54

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-3 payload for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 here at 8:10 a.m. EDT today. This launch marks the 9(th) ULA launch this year, the 54(th) Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) mission, and the 65(th) launch since ULA was formed nearly six years ago. "Congratulations to the entire team on...

2012-09-21 10:21:22

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Sept. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- United Launch Alliance (ULA) is commemorating a decade of Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) missions, in which the Atlas V and Delta IV successfully delivered more than 50 critical capabilities to orbit for the U.S. Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office, NASA and commercial users around the world. The EELV program was established by the United States Air Force to provide assured access to space for Department of Defense...

2012-09-13 18:21:17

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 here at 2:39 p.m. PDT today. Designated NROL-36, the mission is in support of national defense. "Today's successful launch of the NROL-36 mission occurred on the same day as the national memorial service honoring American hero Neil Armstrong. The scientists and engineers...

2012-08-30 06:20:35

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) composite technology supported the successful August 30 launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The ULA Atlas V rocket launched the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission for NASA. RBSP is designed to help understand the Sun's influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the Earth's radiation belts on various scales of space and time. The rocket flew in the 401...