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2013-07-25 16:20:19

Team Successfully Completes Five Major Processing Milestones, in Just Eight Days, Including One Launch CENTENNIAL, Colo., July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- During the last eight days, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) team has completed five major processing activities, including one launch, on three different launch pads at both Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California. On July 17, for the first time, ULA conducted a Delta...

NASA Launches Next-Gen Tracking Satellite From Florida
2013-01-31 06:26:01

[ Watch the Video: TDRS-K Lifts Off Towards Its Orbit ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update (January 31, 2013): NASA launched the first of its three next-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) at 8:48 p.m. last night (Jan. 30, 2013) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It was lifted into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41. The satellite, TDRS-K, will add to an existing fleet of...

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...

2011-09-10 11:08:00

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Sept. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft for NASA lifted off from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-17B here at 9:08 a.m. EDT today. This launch marks the 9th flight for ULA in 2011, the 49th Delta II mission for NASA and the last currently-planned flight from this launch complex. "With the final launch from SLC-17, we reflect on the tremendous...

2011-04-15 10:27:00

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., April 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 here at 9:24 p.m. PDT on April 14th. Designated NROL-34, the mission is in support of national defense. Yesterday marked the 25th Atlas V rocket launch in program history. The first Atlas V launched in August 2002. Since then, Atlas V has launched a variety of payloads for the...

2011-03-05 17:55:00

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., March 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket successfully launched the second Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-2) for the Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office (AFRCO) at 5:46 p.m. EST today from Space Launch Complex-41. The OTV, also known as the X-37B, supports space experimentation, risk reduction, and concept of operations development for long duration and reusable space vehicle technologies. The first OTV mission was also...

2010-05-28 05:00:00

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., May. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrating 50 years of launch for one of the most successful rocket programs in U.S. history, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV successfully launched the Air Force's Global Positioning System IIF SV-1 spacecraft at 11 p.m. EDT yesterday from Space Launch Complex-37. GPS IIF SV-1 marked the 349th launch in the Delta program's 50 year history, which began with its first launch on May 13, 1960. "We congratulate the Air Force...

2010-02-11 12:02:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- United Launch Alliance successfully launched NASA's latest scientific exploration mission, the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), aboard an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at 10:23 a.m. EST today. This was ULA's first launch of 2010 and marked the 100th use of the commercial Atlas Centaur launch vehicle since its first launch on July 29, 1990. The first commercial launch was NASA's Combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite...

2008-09-09 18:00:05

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has been granted an Operational License by the US Air Force for the use of Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the Florida coast. Receipt of the license, in conjunction with the approved Site Plan, paves the way for SpaceX to initiate Falcon 9 launch operations later this year. "We are developing Falcon 9 to be a valuable asset to the American space launch fleet," said Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX. "The...