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AFRL Celebrates Launch of Smallsat Ascent to GEO Space
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches on the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program 3 (STP-3) mission from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. The mission’s Space Test Program Satellite-6 (STPSat-6) spacecraft hosts NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) and the NASA-U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Ultraviolet Spectro-Coronagraph (UVSC) Pathfinder. (Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFRL PR) — The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate small satellite named Ascent was launched Dec. 7 from Cape Canaveral, Florida as part of the U.S. Space Force’s Space Test Program-3 mission, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket.

Ascent is a 12-unit Cubesat conceived and developed within the directorate’s Small Satellite Portfolio at Kirtland AFB, and in partnership with the Space Security and Defense Program.

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  • December 8, 2021
Upcoming Launches Include Space Tourism Flight

Dates and times subject to change without notice. And remember: no wagering. December 1 Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9Payloads: 53 Starlink broadband satellitesLocation: Cape Canaveral Space Force StationTime: 6:20 p.m. EST (2320 GMT)Webcast: December 1/2 Launch Vehicle: Soyuz ST-B/Fregat-MTPayloads: Galileo 27 & 28 navigation satellitesLocation: Guiana Space CenterTime: 7:31 p.m. EST (0031 GMT on Dec. 2)Webcast: December 5 Launch Vehicle: Atlas VPayloads: U.S. Space Force LDPE-1 space tug; STPSat-6 […]

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  • November 29, 2021