6th ULA mission in 2017 – NROL-42 – delayed !

Another mission for National Reconnaissance Office was delayed again. This time main, but not direct reason for postponing launch from September 14 to later date, was Irma hurricane which coming to Cape Canaveral. According to official statement of United Launch Alliance we will not see Atlas V 541 delivering to orbit classified payload for National Reconnaissance Office […]

DigitalGlobe under lucky star !

Some companies seem to have luck and other on the contrary. DigitalGlobe WorldView-2 satellite survived direct contact with space debris without even single scratch so it should be rather considered as ultimately lucky! According to Joint Space Operations Center, WorldView-2 Earth imaging satellite operated by DigitalGlobe survived hitting by several pieces of space debris. On 19 July JSpOC announced […]

Delta IV Medium, NROL-45 – launched, injected, operating !

Today ULA put into orbit classified payload for National Reconnaissance Office on atop of their Delta IV rocket. From Vandenberg AFS Launch Pad 6, at 11:40 GMT on atop ULA Delta IV new special, secret payload was lifted into space. United Launch Alliance decided to utilize Delta IV in medium variant also described as Delta 4 […]

Jason-3 success, Falcon-9 failure

End of 2015 and beginning of 2016 were full of successes of SpaceX. Now it is time to face with reality – is reusable technology this for Elon Musk, what “Spruce Goose” was for Howard Hughes? At Vandenberg AFS Falcon-9 was covered with thick fog but in spite of that, all other weather conditions were […]