Author Archives: Duncan Idaho

United Launch Alliance Atlas V Set to Launch Mars 2020 Mission for NASA Launch to Mark ULA’s 20th Mission to the Red Planet

By Duncan Idaho – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is in final preparations to launch NASA’s Mars 2020 mission with the Perseverance rover. The launch is on track for July 30 at Space Launch Complex-41 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch is planned for 7:50 a.m. EDT at the opening of a two-hour launch window. ...

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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches the Sixth Orbital Test Vehicle for the U.S. Space Force

By Duncan Idaho – Mission dedicated to front-line responders and those affected by COVID-19 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (May 17, 2020) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 501 rocket carrying the USSF-7 mission for the U.S. Space Force lifted off on May 17, 9:14 a.m. EDT, from Space Launch Complex-41. This marks the 84th successful launch ...

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Watch: ULA Successfully Launches First National Security Space Mission for the U.S. Space Force

By Duncan Idaho – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (March 26, 2020) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite for the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on March 26 at 4:18 p.m. EDT. This marks the 83rd successful ...

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United Launch Alliance Set to Launch the First National Security Space Mission for the U.S. Space Force

By Duncan Idaho – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (March 24, 2020) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is in final preparations to launch the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite for the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center. The launch is on track for March 26 at Space Launch Complex-41 from Cape ...

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Spacex Dragon Arrives at International Space Station

By Duncan Idaho – Dragon arrived at the International Space Station on March 9, 2020 and was captured at 3:25 a.m. PDT while flying over 262 statute miles over the Pacific Northwest. The spacecraft was then installed on the Harmony module for the duration of its four-week stay at the orbiting laboratory. Filled with approximately 4,500 pounds of supplies and ...

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United Launch Alliance Set to Launch Solar Orbiter for NASA and ESA

By Duncan Idaho – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (Feb. 7, 2020) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is in final preparations to launch the Solar Orbiter mission, an international cooperative mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA. The launch is on track for Feb. 9 at Space Launch Complex-41 from Cape Canaveral Air ...

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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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