Author Archives: Duncan Idaho

SpaceX Launches 3rd Starlink Mission

By Duncan Idaho – On Monday, January 6 at 9:19 p.m. EST, or 2:19 UTC on January 7, SpaceX launched its third launch of Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Falcon 9’s first stage supported a Starlink mission in May 2019, the Iridium-8 mission in January 2019, and the Telstar 18 ...

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United Launch Alliance Set to Launch the Starliner Capsule on the Orbital Flight Test

By Duncan Idaho – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (Dec. 17, 2019) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is in final preparations to launch Boeing’s Starliner capsule on the Orbital Flight Test to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch is planned for Dec. 20 at 6:36 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral ...

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STARLINK MISSION | SpaceX

By Duncan Idaho – On Monday, November 11 at 9:56 a.m. EST, 14:56 UTC, SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Falcon 9’s first stage supported the Iridium-7, SAOCOM-1A, and Nusantara Satu missions, and the fairing was previously flown on Falcon Heavy’s Arabsat-6A mission earlier this year. Following stage ...

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Watch Live: Musk to Deliver an Update on Starship Development

By Duncan Idaho – SpaceX’s Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle is a fully, rapidly reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, and anywhere else in the solar system. On Saturday, September 28 at the SpaceX launch facility in Cameron County, Texas, SpaceX Chief Engineer and CEO Elon Musk will provide ...

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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches GPS III Satellite for U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

By Duncan Idaho – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (Aug. 22, 2019) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the second Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite, designated Magellan, for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 on August 22 at 9:06 EDT. This mission marked the ...

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United Launch Alliance Set to Launch GPS III Satellite for U.S. Air Force

By Duncan Idaho – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (Aug. 20, 2019) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket is in final preparations to launch the second Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite, nicknamed Magellan, for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. The launch is planned for Aug. 22 at Space Launch Complex-37 ...

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Astrobotic Selects United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur Rocket to Launch its First Mission to the Moon

By Duncan Idaho – Pittsburgh, Penn., and Centennial, Colo., Aug. 19, 2019 – Astrobotic announced today that it selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Vulcan Centaur rocket in a competitive commercial procurement to launch its Peregrine lunar lander to the moon in 2021. Astrobotic Peregrine Lander “We are so excited to sign with ULA and fly Peregrine on Vulcan Centaur. This ...

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SNC Selects ULA for Dream Chaser® Spacecraft Launches

By Duncan Idaho – SPARKS, Nev. (August 14, 2019) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), a global aerospace and national security leader, selected United Launch Alliance (ULA) as the launch vehicle provider for the Dream Chaser® spacecraft’s six NASA missions to the International Space Station.  The Dream Chaser will launch aboard ULA’s Vulcan Centaur rockets for its cargo resupply and return ...

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Vulcan Centaur Rocket on Schedule for First Flight in 2021

By Duncan Idaho – ULA Submits Proposal for U.S. Air Force’s Launch Services Competition Centennial, Colo., Aug. 12, 2019 – At the United Launch Alliance (ULA) factory in Decatur, Alabama, production of the first Vulcan Centaur rocket continues, with shipment to the launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida scheduled for late next year for processing in ...

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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches Communications Satellite for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

By Duncan Idaho – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (Aug. 8, 2019) — A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on August 8 at 6:13 a.m. EDT. This marked the 80th successful ...

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SpaceX Successfully Launches AMOS-17 Mission

By Duncan Idaho – On Tuesday, August 6, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, carrying the AMOS-17 satellite for Spacecom. Liftoff occurred at 7:23 p.m. EDT, or 23:23 UTC and the satellite was deployed approximately 31 minutes after liftoff. This was the third and final flight ...

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United Launch Alliance Set to Launch AEHF-5 for U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

By Duncan Idaho – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (Aug. 5, 2019) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is in final preparations to launch the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. The launch is planned for Aug. 8 at Space Launch Complex-41 from Cape ...

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SpaceX Dragon Resupply Arrived at ISS

By Duncan Idaho – Dragon arrived at the International Space Station on July 27, 2019 and was captured at 6:11 a.m. PDT while flying about 267 statute miles over the coast of southern Chile. The spacecraft was then installed on the Harmony module for the duration of its four-week stay at the orbiting laboratory. Filled with approximately 5,000 pounds of ...

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SpaceX Launched Dragon Resupply Mission (CRS-18) Thursday

By Duncan Idaho – At 6:01 p.m. EDT, or 22:01 UTC, on Thursday, July 25, SpaceX launched its eighteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-18) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Dragon separated from Falcon 9’s second stage about nine minutes after liftoff. The Dragon spacecraft supporting the CRS-18 mission previously supported the CRS-6 ...

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United Launch Alliance Interns to Launch 35-Foot-Tall Sport Rocket

By Duncan Idaho – Program to Inspire Future STEM Professionals Honors 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing Centennial, Colo. (July 19, 2019) – As the world commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a group of United Launch Alliance (ULA) interns will launch their own rocket containing payloads built by Ball Aerospace interns and K-12 students from across ...

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