Orbital ATK shipped the service module for a Cygnus cargo capsule to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for a scheduled Dec. 3 launch.
The successful launch of Mexico’s Morelos-3 satellite will enable Mexico to deploy its MexSat service despite the loss of an identical satellite in May.
Steve Skladanek of Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services said customers remain interested in the pricey rocket because of its high reliability and schedule assurance.
Weather has pushed back the Atlas 5 launch of a U.S. Navy mobile communications satellite that had been scheduled for Monday morning.
Orbital ATK bought a second Atlas 5 rocket to launch NASA cargo to the International Space Station and could buy another, the company will announce Aug. 12.
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) said Congress meant it when it directed the U.S. Air Force to end its reliance on Russian rocket engines by 2019.
The U.S. Defense Department has told a consortium of three companies, including propulsion provider Aerojet Rocketdyne, that it does not own the design or production rights to United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket, a ruling that would appear to thwart an early effort to add another competitor to the launch business.
A congressional ban on the use of Russian engines to launch U.S. national security payloads will hamstring United Launch Alliance, in competitions for military business starting as early as this year, the U.S. Air Force has warned.
United Launch Alliance intends to phase out all but the heavy-lift version of its Delta 4 rocket as early as 2018 as it seeks to sharpen its competitiveness in the face of a challenge by SpaceX.
Hoping that the third time is the charm, the Planetary Society announced Jan. 26 that it will launch a solar sail experiment in May as a secondary payload on an Atlas 5 rocket.
United Launch Alliance has completed the conceptual trade studies for its revamped Atlas 5 rocket and plans to unveil the design at the Space Symposium in April.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket launched a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office Dec. 12 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.