Tag Archive: Atlas V

Dec 08 2015

Weather finally clears for Cygnus launch

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus Spacecraft Successfully Launched on Cargo Delivery Mission to ISS. Cygnus launched at 0145 Pacific time Sunday, and will arrive at the ISS tomorrow. Its launch had been delayed three days due to bad weather. Now that Cygnus is operational again, and Dragon’s launch is right around the corner, we’re back to having …

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Dec 04 2015

Yesterday’s Cygnus launch scrubbed

Atlas V hoping to dodge the weather for Friday Cygnus launch attempt. They’ll try again around 2:33 pm Pacific time today, though looking at the weather report, I wouldn’t be surprised if the launch gets scrubbed again today. Winds are about 20 mph. Related articles: Launch Scrubbed Due To Heavy Cloud Cover + Rain For …

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Oct 02 2015

Gotta give credit where credit is due

100% Success as ULA Delivers 100th Mission Safely to Orbit. This is the 9th of 15 planned launches for ULA this year. The countdown was put on hold temporarily because a boat had wandered into the range — how incredibly frustrating!!! Fortunately, the launch was able to continue after the boat cleared the area. 100 …

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Sep 19 2015

NASA missed opportunity to save some dough

NASA IG: NASA Missed Opportunity to Save Up to $84 Million After Antares Failure. CRS is a fixed-price contract, but that doesn’t mean that NASA couldn’t have lowered its overall price tag for the Orbital ATK part: The CRS contract is fixed price and NASA will not pay more, but the OIG report says that …

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Sep 06 2015


Powerful Rocket Launches Light Up the Skies Just Hours Apart (Photos). The MUOS-4 satellite launched aboard an Atlas V rocket on Sept. 2, 2015. The rocket trail reflected sunlight in the early dawn hours to create this stunning aerial light show.

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Aug 31 2015

MUOS launch scrubbed until Wednesday

Per the ULA launch website: Rocket/Payload: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 will launch the U.S. Navy’s fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-4) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin. Date/Site/Launch Time: Wednesday, Sept. 2, from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The 44-minute launch window opens at 5:59 a.m. EDT. Webcast: …

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May 20 2015

X-37B successfully launched this morning

At 8:05 am Pacific. Beautiful day for a launch, and it looked and sounded like everything went flawlessly. SAL-UTE!!

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Mar 23 2015

Good bye, Delta IV?

US to Scrap Delta IV Launch Vehicle in Favor of Russian-Made Rocket. Tony Bruno of ULA says that the Delta IV is completely redundant due to the Atlas V, and therefore ULA will retire it. However, the Atlas V uses the Russian RD-180 engine, which Congress will not support after 2019. ULA expects to save …

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Dec 13 2014

Vandenberg’s most powerful Atlas V ever launches

Yep, it launched last night. Of course it was raining at my house when it launched, so I couldn’t see it. In the last 12 months, ULA—which was formed back in December 2006 as a merger between Boeing and Lockheed Martin—has delivered a record-breaking nine Atlas Vs, together with four Delta IVs and a single …

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Dec 12 2014

Atlas V liftoff from Vandenburg AFB Thursday night (Update: Friday night)

I can sometimes see these from my house, so I’ll be on the lookout for it even though Vandenberg is over 200 miles as the crow flies from my house. It’s carrying a secret payload, but given that the Atlas V is one of the biggest rockets out there, it’s either carrying a heavy payload …

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Dec 11 2014

Orbital Sciences announces “go-forward” plan

Key is the development of their new rocket, which will be able to launch 20% more cargo than before. Plan highlights: Use ULA’s Atlas V for at least one launch (maybe two) while developing the new Antares rocket Deliver the new propulsion system to Wallops Island in mid-2015 for testing Recertify the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport …

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Oct 30 2014

Atlas V completes its 50th launch

ULA’s workhorse launched GPS-IIF-8 into operational orbit. The article has a pretty good history of the Atlas V development to date.

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Oct 01 2014

More on Blue Origin and ULA’s teaming for replacing the RD-180

Lots and lots of good info in this article. Highlights/quotes I found interesting: The companies issued statements to try to dispel the perceived purpose of the Blue Origin BE-4 engine: “The BE-4 is not a direct replacement for the RD-180 that powers ULA’s Atlas V rocket, however two BE-4s are expected to provide the engine …

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