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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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