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Atlas 5/WorldView 4 launch timeline

September 15, 2016

This is the ascent timeline to be followed by the Atlas 5 rocket’s ascent into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with the commercial WorldView 4 Earth-imaging satellite for DigitalGlobe. Launch is scheduled for Friday at 11:30 a.m. local time (2:30 p.m. EDT; 1830 GMT).

Atlas 5 launch postponed by wildfire, Range availability until Sept. 26

September 15, 2016

Sunday’s flight of the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California was scrubbed due to a wildfire burning south of the pad. The launch delay allows crews to remain in place to battle the blaze. The lack of Range availability this week means the next launch try won’t come until Sept. 26.

Photos: WorldView 4 satellite’s road to launch

September 14, 2016

DigitalGlobe’s WorldView 4 commercial satellite, which will join sister-craft WorldView 3 in orbit to snap the highest quality Earth imagery available on the market at 31-centimeter resolution, was built by Lockheed Martin and will be launched Friday atop an Atlas 5 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Destructive Canadian wildfire sighted from space

May 9, 2016

Satellites sailing hundreds of miles over a destructive wildfire ravaging the northern Alberta town of Fort McMurray have returning stunning images illustrating the extent of the blaze that has displaced tens of thousands of people.

Oktoberfest from orbit

October 1, 2015

It turns out the world’s most famous beer festival is visible from space, but even the sharpest-eyed orbiting Earth observatories can’t see the thousands of lederhosen- and dirndl-wearing festival-goers hoisting drinks by the liter at Munich’s¬†Oktoberfest.

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