Getting new toys for Christmas – ULA is going to modify rockets for NRO

National Reconnaissance Office is one of significant customers for ULA. Close cooperation still tightens. United States Air Force is going to sign contract with United Launch Alliance for modification of two rockets. It is known that at stake are  Atlas V (421)with four meter long fairing (mainly used for large satellites for example Orion satellite with launch planned on 27th […]

Falcon overloaded with knowledge – Falcon Heavy rocket under the Space Test Program 2 scheduled on October 2016

First contracted launch of Falcon Heavy is scheduled on October 2016. This time payload is provided by U.S. Air Force under the Space Test Program 2. Planned launch site will be Kennedy Space Center LC-39A, USA. SpaceX is continually expanding its offer for government agencies and Department of Defense. Launch scheduled on October 2016 will be research mission under […]

Requirements cost – NROL-37 scheduled on 27th April 2016

ORION-9 satellite created for National Reconnaissance Office will be launched utilizing DELTA IV HEAVY. Mission planned launch site is SLC-37, Cape Canaveral AFS. As usual National Reconnaissance Office does not disappoint and gives rise to speculating.  According some sources this time, planned payload will be Orion satellite. It would be ninth from Orion series so scheduled […]

Red Planet under inspection – InSight mission launch planned on 4th March 2016

NASA mission under InSight Mars lander program.  Payload are InSight lander and two small satellites MARCO (dimensions of satellite are 36,6×24,3×11,8 cm) providing future communication with lander. ATLAS V will start from Vandenberg with two satellites MARCO A and MARCO B. InSight backronym stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. It is NASA mission targeted for […]

Boeing on the finish, Lockheed Martin at the start – Block IIF – 11 launch planned on 30th October 2015.

11th GPS satellite – BLOCK IIF-11 (SV-12) is going to be launched atop of Atlas V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral. On 30th October 2015 from Cape Canaveral launch site SLC-41 will be launched penultimate GPS satellite under contract signed between U.S. Air Force and Boeing in 1996. As far as Air Force reduced number of […]

Atlas V with NROL-55 already tomorrow!

NROL-55 mission for National Reconnaissance Office will be launched on 8th of October 2015 from Vandenberg, California. It will utilize United Launch Alliance ATLAS V rocket. Next classified mission is starting on 8th October from  Vandenberg AFB SLC-3. As usual with NRO mission payload   has not been made public. Auxiliary payload is known – thirteen Cubesat  satellites […]