Lockheed Martin on July 20 reported lower revenue and operating profit at its Space Systems division for the six months ending June 26 despite a large profit contribution by launch-service provider United Launch Alliance (ULA).
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.
NASA’s SMAP satellite on Oct. 15 arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
The U.S. Air Force launched three satellites that are expected to provide a significant boost to the service’s space surveillance capabilities.
In the face of escalating tensions with Russia, the U.S. Air Force is examining what it would take to accelerate production of ULA’s Delta 4 to ensure continued access to space for military satellites.
Facing a 30-second launch window, ULA called a hold 46 seconds before OCO-2’s scheduled 5:56 a.m. EDT liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, after the pulse suppression system at Space Launch Complex 2 failed to deluge the pad with water.
Two of the three cores the Delta 4 Heavy will use to loft Orion this fall were shipped to Florida.
New information stemming from the investigation into an engine issue during a Delta 4 launch a year ago led ULA to delay the upcoming launch of the GPS 2F-5 satellite.
ULA has racked up an impressive string of 71 successful flights since its formation 6.5 years ago, but high prices have largely driven the commercial satellite launch market overseas.
The U.S. Air Force's fifth WGS communications satellite was delivered safely to orbit May 24.
The IceSat-2 is slated to launch in 2016 under a $96.6 million contract.