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 previous delays due to weather and technical problems, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket finally launched the United States Air Force’s first Global Positioning System III space vehicle (SV) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:51 a.m. on 23 December 2018. Click to view the launch gallery.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched the U.S. Navy’s fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) satellite into orbit at 10:30 a.m. on 24 June 2016 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. View more of the MUOS-5 launch photos.
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Atlas V, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Lockheed Martin, Mobile User Objective System, MUOS 5, SLC 41, Space Launch Complex 41, U.S. Navy, ULA, United Launch Alliance
The Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird spy plane is celebrating its birthday this month. The plane first flew on 22 December 1964 and almost every flight in its long history set a record before its retirement in 1998. Able to fly at over three times the speed of sound, the Blackbird on display in the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center flew across the Unites States from coast-to-coast in one hour, four minutes, and twenty-seconds. According to Lockheed Martin, “The Blackbird was and remains […]
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: Blackbird, Discovery, Lockheed Martin, Mach 3, National Air and Space Museum, Skunk Works, Smithsonian Institution, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle Discovery, spy plane, SR-71, SR-71 Blackbird, Udvar-Hazy Center, United States