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ULA begins stacking Atlas 5 rocket for Boeing’s Starliner test flight

An Atlas 5 first stage, with its Russian-made RD-180 engine, is prepared for stacking outside ULA’s Vertical Integration Facility on Wednesday morning. Credit: United Launch Alliance Final assembly of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket began Wednesday with the hoisting of a first stage booster onto a mobile launch platform at Cape Canaveral, kicking off a campaign to prepare ...

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Secondary payloads launched with Landsat begin commissioning

Students at Boston University work with CuPID spacecraft during pre-launch testing. Credit: NASA Ground teams are stepping through testing of three small CubeSats launched with the Landsat 9 remote sensing satellite last month, preparing the small spacecraft for exoplanet observations and communications experiments. NASA says engineers have not established contact with another CubeSat designed for space weather research. Four CubeSats ...

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New eye on planet Earth rockets into orbit from California

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket blasts off from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, with the Landsat 9 satellite. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls NASA and United Launch Alliance deployed a new Landsat satellite in orbit Monday after liftoff on an Atlas 5 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, marking the 2,000th launch from the West Coast spaceport since ...

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Mighty Atlas Launches Landsat-9, Rideshares to Orbit on First Four-Burn Centaur Mission

Landsat-9 launches at 11:12 a.m. PDT Monday. Photo Credit: ULA A roll of thunder broke the stillness of a foggy West Coast Monday afternoon, as United Launch Alliance (ULA)’s mighty Atlas V roared aloft from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-3E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., laden with the Landsat-9 payload on behalf of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). ...

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Landsat-9 Ready for Monday Launch, as ULA Flight Manifest Resumes

Encapsulated within its payload fairing, Landsat-9 is readied for transport to the Mobile Service Tower (MST) and installation atop the Atlas V. Photo Credit: ULA After what has so far been its least-flown year on record, United Launch Alliance (ULA) stands primed to fly a second “Mighty Atlas” of 2021 from Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., on Monday afternoon. The ...

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Photos: Landsat 9 encapsulated inside Atlas payload shroud

The Landsat 9 satellite is set for launch Sept. 27 from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. These photos show the encapsulation of the environmental monitoring spacecraft inside the payload fairing of its Atlas 5 launcher. Ground crews enclosed the 5,981-pound (2,713-kilogram) spacecraft within the nose cone of the Atlas 5 rocket Aug. 16 inside the  Integrated Processing Facility at ...

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Landsat 9 lifted atop launcher to extend unbroken environmental data record

The Landsat 9 Earth observation satellite inside the payload fairing of an Atlas 5 rocket at Vandenberg Space Force Base. Credit: NASA The next Landsat observatory has been mounted on top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket in California for liftoff Sept. 27, continuing an unbroken record of Earth observations to track urban sprawl, water usage, tropical deforestation, ...

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A liftoff at last for a rocket engine agreement

ULA’s Vulcan rocket, powered by Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine, is scheduled to make its first launch in 2020. (credit: ULA) by Jeff Foust What was announced four years ago at a splashy press conference in Washington finally concluded last week with a simple press release. In September 2014, Tory Bruno, the still-new CEO of United Launch Alliance, took the stage ...

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Building a better booster

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems successfully test fired the new GEM 63 motor on September 20, 2018. (credit: Northrop Grumman) by Jeffrey L. Smith Normally, the first test of a new rocket engine or motor is a rather secretive affair witnessed only by engineers and top-level customer representatives. While the tension of firing a new rocket was still present, the atmosphere ...

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