Tag Archives: ULA

NASA Clears Boeing Starliner Spacecraft for 2nd Uncrewed Flight Test

CST-100 Starliner

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft has passed the launch readiness review phase, clearing the way for the company to launch its second uncrewed test flight as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. Starliner is scheduled to liftoff on Friday at 2:53 p.m. Eastern time at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida aboard United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket, the agency said Tuesday.

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Space Force, Industry Partners Integrate 5th SBIRS Satellite, Launch Vehicle

SBIRS Satellite

The U.S. Space Force, Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance have finished encapsulation of the service branch's next missile detection and early warning satellite into a launch vehicle fairing platform and integrated the spacecraft with a ULA-built rocket. The fifth Space Based Infrared System is scheduled to lift off Monday from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida aboard an Atlas V rocket, marking the first National Security Space Launch mission this year at the military facility.

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Boeing Completes Starliner Software Qualification; John Vollmer Quoted

CST-100 Starliner

Boeing has completed its formal requalification of the CST-100 Starliner’s flight software. With the qualification, Boeing will prepare for its next test flight.  Boeing’s starliner will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) during Orbital Flight Test-2, a second uncrewed flight test, in March 2021. “The work this team put into exhaustively wringing out our software is a defining moment for the program,” said John Vollmer.

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NASA Concludes Final Design Review of Observation Satellite for Space Force

Landsat-9

NASA has completed the final design review of an Earth observation satellite designed to fly for the U.S. Space Force, Space Ref reported Monday. The space agency assessed multiple safety aspects of the Landsat-9 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Secondary Payload Adapter or ESPA Flight System and concluded the final design review on Dec. 15.

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NRO Completes Final Launch on SpaceX Falcon 9; Troy Meink Quoted

SpaceX Falcon 9

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) has successfully completed its final launch of 2020, NROL-108. During the launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NRO used a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to transport NROL-108. “We are excited to partner with SpaceX again,” NRO principal deputy director Troy Meink said. 

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Space Operations Command Assumes Control Authority Over Lockheed-Made AEHF-6 Satellite

Lockheed-Built AEHF-6

The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center handed control authority of the sixth Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite to Space Operations Command in late October. Space Vehicle 6 completes the AEHF satellite constellation designed to provide military leaders and warfighters jam-resistant communications and command and control capabilities during a nuclear war.

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SMC’s Brig. Gen. D. Jason Cothern on Continuing Partnerships With Heavy-Lift Launch Providers

D. Jason Cothern

Brig. Gen. D. Jason Cothern, vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), said the U.S. Space Force will continue working with launch providers after selecting two contractors for a national security mission. The Space Force previously awarded contracts to SpaceX and United Launch Alliance (ULA) to utilize the former’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy vehicles.

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