Aerojet Rocketdyne still in game for Vulcan engine contract

According to Tory Bruno, CEO of United Launch Alliance, Aerojet Rocketdyne with their AR1 engine still has a chance to win battle for contract with its main competitor – Blue origin offering their BE-4 engine. It is truth that more often we can hear voices, that BE-4 is rather potential winner, as process of the development of […]

Atlas V / OA-7 mission delayed due the problems with hydraulics subsystems

Mission of Orbital ATL Cygnus cargo spacecraft (OA-7), which was scheduled for  March 10, was postponed due the problems with the launch vehicle – United launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. New launch date was set to 21st March 2017 with “not earlier than” status. Mission was planned as commercial resupply flight, with Cygnus S.S. John […]

WorldView-4 delivered to orbit during 66th Atlas V mission !

Perfectly prepared and perfectly conducted – ULA against showed class during launch of WorldView-4 imaging satellite with piggyback payload of seven Cubesat satellites. This launch was postponed for two months due the huge fire devastating forests around Vandenberg Air Force Base. Atlas V with WorldView-4 luckily remained untouched, just as launch facilities and launch pad. Yesterday, […]

NROL-61 orbit unveiled !

Launched recently on July 28, 2016, on atop of United Launch Alliance Atlas V (421) classified payload was spotted by one of the Australian satellite spotters. NROL-61 was launched on from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral AFS for national Reconnaissance Office. Due the published NOTAM it was possible to confirm that rocket will be launched in […]

MUOS-5 and Atlas V within hours !

Today we are waiting for MUOS-5 mission. Atlas V combined with Centaur upper stage will deliver satellite created for US Navy starting from Cape Canaveral SLC-41 at 14:30 GMT. MUOS-5 is last new generation communication satellite created by Lockheed Martin, Boeing and General Dynamics for US. Constellation of five satellites (4 operating and one backup) will […]

First commercial space station – ULA and Bigelow Aerospace announced agreement for partnership

After launching BEAM onboard of Dragon spacecraft Bigelow is convinced that their concept of inflating space station is well engineered – probably ULA shares this opinion because both companies announced about cooperation for future commercial space station. On April 11, 2016, in Colorado Springs United Launch Alliance and Bigelow Aerospace Colorado announced about their will for developing cooperation […]

United Launch Alliance – problems with Atlas V during OA-6 unsuccessfully silenced

United Launch Alliance had problems during last launch of RD-180 engine in the first stage of their Atlas V rocket; they were not given to public during live broadcast on 23 March 2016. Luckily for ULA, Centaur upper stage gave its best and Cygnus is on its way to International Space Station. During live broadcast from mission OA-6 contracted for […]

Crouching tiger, hidden dragon – competition between SpaceX and ULA still without winner

After retrieving participation from bid for contract for launching next generation GPS satellites, ULA representatives still are convinced about superiority of their company. Money talks but not always for United Launch Alliance. As launch service provider with long tradition of cooperation with US Government and with stable position on market it seemed that SpaceX would […]

Atlas V 401, IIF-12, RD-180 – successful combination for sure !

Next satellite joined today to GPS constellation after successful flight of Atlas V rocket launched from Complex 41 in Cape Canaveral. It is last from Block IIF generation GPS navigation satellites designed and manufactured by Boeing. On 31 October 2015 penultimate satellite was launched on atop of Atlas V in same configuration and now we […]

Next launch of Blue Origin New Shepard already on 2015

Blue Origin Company responsible for project of New Shepard launch vehicle announced about next test launch before end of 2015. Blue Origin Company is one of less known in space industry. It was founded in 2000 by Jeff Bezos, creator of Amazon.com. It is interesting convergence with SpaceX which was founded by Elon Musk also […]