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2010-02-02 14:16:00

DENVER, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA announced today its selection of United Launch Alliance to participate in its new Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) Program. NASA created the CCDev Program to develop system concepts, key technologies, and capabilities that ultimately will be used in commercial crew space transportation systems. ULA was awarded $6.7 million to develop an Emergency Detection System (EDS), which is a significant element necessary for a safe and highly reliable human rated...

2009-10-08 15:49:00

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- A Delta II rocket successfully delivered DigitalGlobe's WorldView-2 commercial satellite into orbit after launching the spacecraft from Space Launch Complex-2 at 11:51 a.m. PDT here today. United Launch Alliance provided the launch services for this mission on behalf of Boeing Launch Services. Delta II rockets previously launched both the Quickbird-2 mission in October 2001 and the WorldView-1 mission in September 2007 for...

2009-07-24 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Mr. Michael C. Gass, president and chief executive officer of United Launch Alliance, is the honored recipient of this year's Peter B. Teets Award from the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) for championing the cause of space transportation. "Mr. Gass has made lasting and significant contributions to the nation's space launch capabilities, thereby ensuring our continued leadership in space for the decades ahead," said NDIA President Lt. Gen....

2008-09-30 15:00:13

-- Mission Marks 15th Consecutive Success for Minotaur Launch Vehicles -- Orbital Sciences Corporation Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528 Public and Investor Relations Beneski.barron@orbital.com Logo: http://www.orbital.com Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB) announced today that its Minotaur II+ rocket was successfully launched for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in support of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Near-Field Infrared Experiment (NFIRE). The...

2008-09-22 15:00:09

-- Rocket Assembly, Ground Operations Procedures and Range Safety Requirements Planned, Rehearsed and Reviewed by Orbital and U.S. Air Force Officials -- Orbital Sciences Corporation Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528 Public and Investor Relations beneski.barron@orbital.com Logo: http://www.orbital.com Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB) today announced that it has completed the full-scale "pathfinder" ground operations of the Minotaur IV space launch vehicle in preparation for its...

2008-09-18 12:30:00

Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB) today announced that the U.S. Air Force Space and Missiles Systems Center (SMC) recently placed an order for a new Minotaur IV launch vehicle under the company's Orbital/Suborbital Program-2 (OSP-2) contract. The order consists of one Minotaur IV launch vehicle that will be used to launch a military technology demonstration payload in 2010. The new order brings the total number of Minotaur launch vehicles procured by the U.S. Air Force, including space...

2008-08-29 06:00:45

Text of report by North Korean satellite TV on 27 August According to a news report, Iran recently successfully conducted a test launch of the satellite-carrier rocket, Safir, in the presence of the [Iranian] president. This country's Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics issued a statement to say that through this test launch, Iran paved the road for putting its first satellite into orbit on its own and stated that this rocket was manufactured by Iranian technicians. [Video...

2008-07-03 06:00:48

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "China Makes Breakthrough in Developing Next-Generation Long March rocket"] BEIJING, July 3 (Xinhua) - China has made a breakthrough in developing its next generation of space-launch vehicle Long March V, which is scheduled for operation by 2014, said sources with the nation's launch vehicle academy. Significant progress has been made on the rocket engine and the building of a production...

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2007-04-10 17:45:00

The Dawn spacecraft arrived at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Fla., at 9 a.m. EDT today. Dawn, NASA's mission into the heart of the asteroid belt, is at the facility for final processing and launch operations. Dawn's launch period opens June 30. "Dawn only has two more trips to make," said Dawn project manager Keyur Patel of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "One will be in mid-June when it makes the 15-mile journey from the processing facility to the launch...

2006-11-14 09:01:20

HOUSTON -- A remote West Texas spaceport being built and bankrolled by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos launched a test rocket Monday for the first time. "There was a launch, a one- or two-minute event," Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig said from the agency's office in Oklahoma City. He had no details. The exact nature of the 6:30 a.m. launch or the type of spacecraft was not immediately known. A Houston-based spokesman for Blue Origin, the Bezos-owned firm developing the...