The launch of NASA’s next Mars rover mission has been delayed to no earlier than July 30 because of a launch vehicle processing issue, the latest in a series of slips that have now used up nearly half of the available launch opportunities for the mission.
United Launch Alliance on May 17 launched an Atlas 5 rocket carrying the U.S. Air Force X-37B spaceplane to orbit for its sixth mission
The X-37B Operational Test Vehicle 6 is scheduled for a May 16 launch on a ULA Atlas 5 rocket.
Tory Bruno: “A big thing when this started was that we had to be all over our supply chain."
SMC Commander Lt. Gen. Thompson: “The AEHF launch is one of those we consider absolutely mission essential.”
Air Force awards $98.5 million ‘completion contract’ to ULA for launch services for three Atlas 5 missions
The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center announced Oct. 1 it has awarded a $98.5 million contract to United Launch Alliance to complete three Atlas 5 missions scheduled to launch in 2020.
On the way to its target orbit, the Atlas’ Centaur upper stage rocket released a cubesat that was riding as a secondary payload.
An Atlas 5 carrying AEHF-5 lifted off at 6:13 AM EST from Space Launch Complex-41 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The Air Force integrated a 12U cubesat on the Centaur’s aft bulkhead carrier.
The anomaly was detected during a routine mission assurance check.
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The reason for the Atlas 5 upper stage break up, believed to have occurred between March 23 and March 25, is not yet known.
This was ULA’s eighth launch this year, the 131st since the company was formed in 2006, and will be its 50th launch for the U.S. Air Force.