March 30, 2020
  • Atlas 5 launch timeline for the AEHF 6 mission

    March 26, 2020

    A United Launch Atlas 5 rocket is set to launch the U.S. Air Force’s sixth and final Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite from Cape Canaveral. This timeline shows the major mission events planned over a nearly six-hour flight to an optimized geostationary transfer orbit.

  • NASA, U.S. military reviewing SpaceX engine malfunction

    March 25, 2020

    NASA and U.S. military officials are reviewing a malfunction that triggered a premature engine shutdown during a flight of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket earlier this month, a cautionary step before upcoming launches with a GPS navigation satellite and astronauts on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft.

  • Photos: Atlas 5 rocket rolls out to launch pad at Cape Canaveral

    March 25, 2020

    United Launch Alliance’s next Atlas 5 rocket moved to its launch pad Wednesday at Cape Canaveral, taking position for liftoff with the U.S. military’s sixth and final Advanced Extremely High Frequency secure communications satellite.

  • Live coverage: Atlas 5 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral

    March 25, 2020

    A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 4:18 p.m. EDT (2018 GMT), following a delay of more than an hour to troubleshoot a ground hydraulics controller. The Atlas 5 launched with the U.S. military’s sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency strategic communications satellite.

  • Space Force’s first launch scheduled for Thursday

    March 25, 2020

    The first launch of a U.S. Space Force mission since the establishment of the new military service is planned Thursday, when a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket is set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral with a billion-dollar jam-resistant communications satellite designed to ensure national leaders remain connected with the armed forces.

  • China launches three military satellites

    March 24, 2020

    Three Chinese military satellites with undisclosed missions rocketed into a 370-mile-high orbit Tuesday on a Long March 2C launcher.

  • Coronavirus concerns force postponement of SpaceX launch with Argentine satellite

    March 24, 2020

    Concerns about the coronavirus pandemic have prompted officials to postpone the planned March 30 launch of Argentina’s SAOCOM 1B radar observation satellite from Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, officials said Tuesday.

  • Military officials committed to keeping Cape Canaveral open for launches

    March 24, 2020

    The military-run Eastern Range at Cape Canaveral remains ready to support upcoming launches — including an Atlas 5 flight Thursday — amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Tuesday.

  • Astra suffers “anomaly” during pre-launch test in Alaska

    March 24, 2020

    A small satellite launcher built by Astra “experienced an anomaly” Monday on a launch pad at Kodiak Island, Alaska, forcing the cancellation of a planned orbital launch attempt this week, according to the company’s co-founder and CEO.

  • NASA confirms work stoppage on James Webb Space Telescope

    March 23, 2020

    NASA and Northrop Grumman are “suspending integration and testing operations” on the James Webb Space Telescope in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a decision that officials said is likely to delay the mission’s scheduled launch date in March 2021.

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