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Atlas Delta rocket factory begins transition to Vulcan Centaur

Vulcan receives two new customers as ULA begins factory upgrade to prepare for the transition to Vulcan production. DECATUR, Ala Alliance's sprawling factory in early September, making the short drive over the parking lot a test facility operated by ULA's subcontractor Dynetics. The structural test amplifier is attached to electronic actuators that simulate loads that are above those expected in …

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Launch of Atlas 5 Expands US Military's Secure Communications Satellite Network – Spaceflight Now

An Atlas 5 rocket takes off from launch pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, at 6:13 am (1013 GMT) on Thursday. Credit: United Launch Alliance A United States Launch Alliance Atlas 5 missile fired Thursday from Cape Canaveral with a $ 1.1 billion US Air Force communications satellite and new voice capabilities Military, video and data relay …

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Atlas 5 and Delta 4 startup delays due to common components in the upper stage

The anomaly in an upper-level component was determined during a routine Mission Assurance exam. WASHINGTON – United Launch Alliance announced on July 17 that the Delta 4 launch of an Air Force GPS satellite scheduled for July 25th will be postponed until 11:00 pm. This follows an announcement from July 11, that the planned launch of the high-frequency satellite Air …

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The next launch of Atlas 5 is delayed by a battery failure – Spaceflight Now

The Atlas 5's payload fairing, containing the Luftwaffe's AEHF 5 communications satellite, was transferred to the launch pad of the Cape Canaveral Complex 41 on June 15. Credit: United Launch Alliance The United Launch Alliance's Atlas 5 rocket's next launch with the US Air Force's fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite, previously scheduled for Thursday, was postponed to July …

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