ULA Atlas V Launches NRO Satellite

Atlas V lifts off with NROL-52 satellite. (Credit: ULA)

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (Oct. 15, 2017) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on Oct. 15 at 3:28 a.m. EDT. Designated NROL-52, the mission is in support of national security.

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Atlas V Scrubbed for Weather, Soyuz Launches Progress to Station

Atlas V with NROL-52 satellite. (Credit: ULA)

ULA says it scrubbed an early-morning launch of an Atlas V carrying the NROL-52 satellite due to weather violations. The launch has been rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3:28 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It was the third scrub of the flight due to weather constraints and the fourth scrub overall.

A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a Russian Progress resupply ship blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday. The freighter will take about two days to reach the International Space Station. The launch comes two after a last-minute abort of the Soyuz booster.

On Friday, the European Sentinel 5 Precursor satellite was orbited by a Russian Rockot booster from the Plesestk Cosmodrome. The mission, a joint collaboration of the European Commission and European Space Agency, will measure greenhouse gases.

SpaceX Orbits Comsats, Progress Resupply Launch Scrubbed

Soyuz rocket with Progress 68 resupply ship. (Credit: Roscosmos)

SpaceX successfully launched the SES 11 and EchoStar 105 communication satellites on Wednesday evening from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket landed on an off-shore drone ship.

Meanwhile, the launch of Progress 68 resupply ship was scrubbed from Baikonur for an unknown reason. The launch of the Soyuz rocket has been rescheduled for no earlier than Saturday Oct. 14 at 4:46 am EDT (0846 GMT).

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Weather Delayed Atlas V Launch Rescheduled for Saturday

Atlas V with NROL-52 satellite. (Credit: ULA)

UPDATE: The launch was scrubbed due to an issue with a telemetry transmitter on the vehicle. No new late date has been set yet.

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Calif. — The ULA Atlas V launch carrying the NROL-52 mission in support of national security remains on track. The mission, for the National Reconnaissance Office, is set to lift off on a ULA Atlas V rocket on Saturday, Oct. 7 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Today’s forecast shows a 60 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The Oct. 7 launch time is 3:59 a.m. ET.

Launch Forecast Summary:

Overall probability of violating weather constraints: 40%
Primary concerns: Cumulus Clouds and Thick Clouds
Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 hour delay: 30%
Primary concern: Cumulus Clouds

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Atlas V Launch Set for Thursday Morning

The GOES-R satellite will be NOAA’s most sophisticated weather observation spacecraft and is expected to improve forecasts and tracking substantially. (Credits: NASA/Kim Shiflett)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. (ULA PR) — Everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V launch carrying the NROL-52 mission in support of national security.

The mission, for the National Reconnaissance Office, is set to lift off on a ULA Atlas V rocket on Thursday, Oct. 5 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Today’s L-4 forecast shows a 60 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The Oct. 5 launch time is 4:07 a.m. ET.

Launch Forecast Summary:

Overall probability of violating weather constraints: 40%
Primary concerns: Cumulus Clouds and Ground Winds
Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 hour delay: 60%
Primary concern: Cumulus Clouds

ULA’s Atlas V Launches NRO Satellite

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying NROL-42 mission lifts off from Space Launch Complex-3 on Sept. 23, 2017. (Credit: ULA)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Sept. 24, 2017 (ULA PR) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off  from Space Launch Complex-3 on Sept. 23, at 10:49:47 p.m. PDT. Designated NROL-42, the mission is in support of national security.

“Congratulations to the entire team for overcoming multiple challenges throughout this launch campaign. From Hurricane Irma schedule impacts to replacing to a first stage battery this week – the team maintained a clear focus on mission success,” said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch. “NROL-42 marks the 25th ULA-launched NRO mission, building upon our legacy of partnership with the NRO in providing reliable access to space for our nation’s most critical missions.”

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ULA to Conduct Atlas V Night Launch From Vandenberg Tonight

The GOES-R satellite will be NOAA’s most sophisticated weather observation spacecraft and is expected to improve forecasts and tracking substantially. (Credits: NASA/Kim Shiflett)

UPDATE: The launch has been postponed to no earlier than Saturday, Sept. 23. They need to replace a valve in the booster.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (ULA PR) — The ULA launch readiness review was completed today everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V NROL-42 launch in support of national security.

The mission, for the National Reconnaissance Office, is set to lift off on a ULA Atlas V rocket on Thursday, Sept. 21 from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Today’s L-1 weather forecast continues to show 60% favorable conditions for launch. The launch time is 10:38 p.m. PDT.

Atlas V NROL-42 mission profile located here: https://youtu.be/4UjeoySzxPo

Webcast: http://www.ulalaunch.com  and www.youtube.com/unitedlaunchalliance

Launch Day Forecast

Overall probability of violating weather constraints: 40%
Areas of concern: Launch Visibility, Ground Winds
Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 Hour Delay: 10%
Areas of concern: Ground Winds

 

Defense Officials Describe Priorities for Operating in Contested Space Domain

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying AFSPC-6 mission lifts off from Space Launch Complex-37. (Credit: ULA)

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2017 — Space enables everything the joint force does and the national security space architecture must protect and defend that capability in a contested environment, officials from the Air Force, the intelligence community and the Defense Department told a House panel in recent testimony.

Air Force Gen. John Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command and Air Force Lt. Gen. David Buck, commander of the Joint Functional Component-Space for the U.S. Strategic Command testified last week before the House Armed Services Committee on priorities and posture of the national security space enterprise for fiscal year 2018.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches NRO Satellite, Lands First Stage


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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the NROL-76 mission (reconnaissance satellite) from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on 1 May 2017, at 11:15 UTC (07:15 EDT). NROL-76 is SpaceX’s first mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage landed at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

SpaceX to Launch Reconnaissance Satellite on Sunday

The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing supported SpaceX’s successful launch of the EchoStar XXIII spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center March 16 at 2 a.m. EDT. (Credit: SpaceX webcast)

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (SpaceX PR) –Today SpaceX confirmed that the company is targeting the launch of NROL-76 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The two hour launch window opens on Sunday, April 30, at 7:00 a.m. EDT.

If needed, a two hour backup launch window opens on Monday, May 1, at 7:00 a.m. EDT.

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ULA Atlas V Lofts NRO Payload Into Orbit

Atlas V lifts off (Credit: ULA)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.,, March 1, 2017 (ULA PR) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 March 1 at 9:50 a.m. PST. Designated NROL-79, the mission is in support of national defense.
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ULA Postpones NROL-79 Launch From Vandenberg

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the WorldView-4 spacecraft lifts off from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: ULA)
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the WorldView-4 spacecraft lifts off from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: ULA)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2017) – The launch date for a United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying NROL-79 for the National Reconnaissance Office is under review.

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USAF Awards Minotaur I Launch Contract to Orbital ATK

Minotaur I launch. (Credit: NASA)
Minotaur I launch. (Credit: NASA)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (USAF PR) — The U.S. Air Force’s Rocket Systems Launch Program, part of the Launch Enterprise Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), awarded the National Reconnaissance Office Launch-111 contract to Orbital ATK.

The contract is a firm-fixed-price contract valued at $29.2 million for a Minotaur I launch vehicle. This was the first such award under the Orbital/Suborbital Program 3 (OSP-3) Lane 1 capability. The OSP-3 contract Lane 1 capability is for 400-4,000 lbs. (181-1,810 kg) to Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) and long-range, sub-orbital missions.

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Atlas V Launches National Security Satellite

Atlas V launches the NROL-61 satellite. (Credit: ULA)
Atlas V launches the NROL-61 satellite. (Credit: ULA)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., July 28, 2016 (ULA PR) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 July 28 at 8:37 a.m. EDT. Designated NROL-61, the mission is in support of national defense. This is ULA’s 6th launch in 2016 and the 109th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006.

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NGA, NRO Announce Plans to Leverage Commercial Remote Sensing Capabilities

NGA_logoSPRINGFIELD, Va. (NGIA PR) — The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office today announced a joint activity to better leverage emerging commercial geospatial intelligence (GEOINT).

The Commercial GEOINT Activity (CGA) allows both agencies to assess current capabilities and develop strategies to ensure the timely and successful integration of commercial innovations that will benefit NGA and NRO.

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