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2012-04-06 04:09:25

NASA has selected United Launch Services, LLC of Englewood, Colo., to launch the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites-R and S, or GOES-R and GOES-S. The spacecraft will launch in October 2015 and February 2017, respectively, aboard Atlas V 541 rockets from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The total cost of the GOES-R and GOES-S launch services is approximately $446 million. This estimated cost includes launch service for the Atlas V and...

Delta 4 Lifts Off With Spy Satellite On Board
2012-04-05 08:33:37

United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched a Delta 4 rocket at 4:12 p.m. (7:12 p.m. EDT) Tuesday, April 3 from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying a surreptitious spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) -- a division of the US military. The launch was a success, but only after several delays due to inclement weather and a technical issue. Initially scheduled to lift off five days earlier, the 20-story-high Delta 4 rocket climbed into...

2012-04-03 18:20:04

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-6 here at 4:12 p.m. PDT today. Designated NROL-25, the mission is in support of national defense. "Congratulations to the NRO and to all the mission partners involved in this critical national security launch," said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Mission Operations. "ULA is...

2012-03-24 10:20:03

Senior Alabama Senator Tours Rocket Factory, Hosts Town Hall DECATUR, Ala., March 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby today discussed important issues facing Alabama and the nation, including job growth, during his visit to the United Launch Alliance (ULA) production facility in Decatur, Ala., where ULA manufactures both Atlas and Delta launch vehicles. ULA launches critical space capabilities for the Department of Defense, NASA, the National Reconnaissance...

2012-02-24 20:07:00

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Feb. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Mobile User Objective System-1 (MUOS-1) for the United States Navy lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 here at 5:15 p.m. EST today. This was ULA's 2nd launch of an aggressive 11 mission schedule for the year and at nearly 15,000 pounds, MUOS-1 marks the heaviest satellite launched to date by an Atlas launch vehicle. "ULA is honored to serve with our mission...

2012-02-02 08:41:00

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- United Launch Alliance (ULA) today announced the completion of two key milestones leading toward the certification of the Atlas V launch vehicle for human spaceflight. ULA has successfully completed the third and fourth milestones of its Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) Unfunded Space Act Agreement (SAA). In December, ULA conducted a series of detailed reviews that reflected the culmination of efforts involving technical experts...

US Air Force Launches New Military Satellite
2012-01-20 12:24:34

The U.S. Air Force launched a high-speed broadband communications satellite onboard an unmanned heavy-lift Delta IV rocket on Thursday. The 217-foot-long rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying the $464-million spacecraft successfully into orbit. It was United Launch Alliance's (ULA) first launch of the year, and 18th launch of the Delta IV vehicle. "We are honored to have worked closely with our Air Force and mission partners to enable today's successful...

2012-01-19 20:07:00

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying the Wideband Global SATCOM-4 (WGS-4) satellite for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 here at 7:38 p.m. EST today. This is ULA's first launch of the year and marked the 18th launch of the Delta IV vehicle. "We are honored to have worked closely with our Air Force and mission partners to enable today's successful launch of the...

2011-12-06 13:57:00

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Dec. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- United Launch Alliance was formed just five years ago, bringing together the world's two most experienced launch teams and two highly reliable launch systems, Atlas and Delta. ULA's unparalleled recipe of experience is built on the Atlas and Delta legacy of 1,300 launches during the past five decades, propelled by ULA employees and suppliers located in 46 states. ULA's impressive record of success lies in the 56 successful launches the...

2011-11-22 08:53:00

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- United Launch Alliance (ULA) today announced the completion of a key milestone that could lead toward the certification of the Atlas V launch vehicle for human spaceflight. ULA has successfully completed the second required major performance milestone of its Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) Unfunded Space Act Agreement. The Design Equivalency Review (DER) completes a rigorous assessment of the flight-proven Atlas V launch vehicle's...