A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 501 rocket launched the United States Space Force-7 (USSF-7) mission carrying the sixth flight of an X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, OTV-6, a space plane similar to the Space Shuttle but much smaller that can land on a runway. Liftoff occurred from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 9:14 a.m. on 17 May 2020. Of note, thick fog obscured the launch to the point where it was almost not visible. […]
Seemingly endless stormy weather from a developing tropical storm kept the USSF-7 mission grounded for at least another day at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday, 16 May 2020. The rain was so severe at times that the launch pad with its Atlas V rocket was lost to view at times.
A hot and hazy day made for murky launch photos as a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carried into orbit the first mission for the U.S. Space Force on 26 March 2020 at 4:18 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The sixth launch of an Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite went off without a hitch after a slight delay and as the rocket climbed higher above the hazy ground into clearer air the view became much better […]
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 411 rocket launched the Solar Orbiter spacecraft to an interplanetary trajectory to the Sun at 11:03 p.m. on 9 February 2020 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click for more info & launch photos about this joint European Space Agency-NASA mission to study the Sun.
The predawn sky is lit by the fiery passage of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launching Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft into orbit on its Orbital Flight Test mission at 6:36 a.m. on 20 December 2019 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Once fully checked out there will astronauts aboard riding this rocket into space journeying to the International Space Station. Shortly after launch Starliner suffered a problem with its Mission Elapsed Timer that […]
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A parting shot of AEHF-5 carried by its Atlas V rocket streaking off into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the early morning hours of 8 August 2019. Click to view the launch gallery.
I participated in the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Social Media event featuring tours of ULA and Air Force facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station culminating in the launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying AEHF-5, an advanced military communications satellite, into orbit on 8 August 2019. Click to view two pages of selected photos from the event.
Over the next two days I have been invited to the United Launch Alliance Social touring ULA and Air Force facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station culminating in the launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying AEHF-5 in support of our warfighters. Click to learn more about the AEHF-5 mission. More to come about this mission and the Social in the days to come.
The last Atlas 2AS rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 36A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:17 p.m. on 31 August 2004 carrying an undisclosed national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. Manufacture of the Atlas 2 was discontinued and the inventory run out in favor of the new and more powerful Atlas V rocket. Click to view the expanded launch gallery.
After launching on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on 8 September 2016, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft arrived on 3 December 2018 at its destination — the asteroid Bennu. Classified as a near-Earth asteroid, Bennu is small, about 0.3 miles in diameter but its makeup dates back to the beginnings of the solar system. OSIRIS-REx will study the asteroid for about two years before landing on its surface to retrieve a sample to […]