Tag: U.S. Space Force

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Blasts off on 1st National Security Clandestine Mission Shrouded in Fog: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  A SpaceX Falcon Heavy blasted off on its very first National Security Space Launch (NSSL) while carrying a clandestine payload suite for the United States Space Force  directly into a high-altitude geosynchronous orbit that appropriately was shrouded in thick morning fog enveloping the rocket making it virtually invisible to most spectators

Beautiful ULA Atlas V Blastoff Delivers Experimental Missile Warning Satellite to Orbit for U.S. Space Force: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL – Following a scrub for multiple significant lightning strikes and stormy weather too close to the launch pad on Thursday June 30, and another over hour-long weather delay Friday, July 1, the venerable ULA Atlas V rocket launched magnificently at last carrying the new $1.1 Billion United States Space Force

ULA Atlas V Carrying Experimental Missile Warning Satellite to Orbit for U.S. Space Force Targets July 1 Launch: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL –  The U.S. Space Force will launch a new $1.1 Billion experimental missile warning and detection satellite on the venerable United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket on July 1 which is outfitted with an advanced new infrared sensor payload serving as a pathfinder for further future upgrades critical for

ULA ‘Big Slider’ Atlas V Rocket Delivers Twin Space Force ‘Neighborhood Watch’ Surveillance Satellites to Orbit: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL –  The unflown ‘Big Slider’ version of ULA’s Atlas V rocket made its maiden and lone launch and successfully delivered a twin pair of once-classified military tracking surveillance satellites that observe other already orbiting satellites akin to a ‘Neighborhood Watch’ to near-geosynchronous orbit    for the U.S. Space Force during a

SpaceX Launches GPS III National Security Satellite on 1st Reused Rocket Approved by Space Force: Photos

CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL – SpaceX successfully launched the newest next generation GPS III series navigation satellite with enhanced timing, speed and antijamming capabilities for the U.S. military on the 1st ever recycled Falcon 9 rocket approved for use on a national security mission for the Space Force to medium Earth orbit at lunchtime Thursday, June 17 from

ULA Delays Atlas V Launch of NRO Spysat To Resolve Technical Issues After Rollout: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL –  United Launch Alliance (ULA) called off their planned Election Day launch of a clandestine surveillance satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) to resolve technical issues impacting and potentially damaging the payload’s environmental control system umbilicals that likely arose from powerfully high winds buffeting the rocket and launch pad

NASA Delays Crew 1 Launch from Halloween to NET November to Investigate Falcon 9 Engine Issue

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –   NASA announced today that the launch of 4 astronauts aboard a Space X Crew Dragon spacecraft on the commercial Crew-1 human mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has been delayed from Halloween to no earlier than (NET) early-to-mid November to investigate concerns with the Merlin engines that power their Falcon

Minotaur IV Launches 1st Classified NRO mission from NASA Wallops

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  A Northrop Grumman Minotaur IV rocket successfully launched a top secret mission with four classified payloads for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) this morning and its was the first ever from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Virginia Space Coast shore. This mission, named NROL-129, is the first U.S. Space Force (USSF)