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  • Denver, Colorado: Headquarters with program management, engineering, test, and mission support functions
  • Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida: Launch operations
  • Decatur, Alabama: Manufacturing, assembly and integration operations
  • Harlingen, Texas: Manufacturing, assembly and integration operations
  • Vandenberg Air Force Base: : Launch operations
  • With more than a century of combined heritage, ULA is the world's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered 131 satellites to orbit that provide Earth observation capabilities, enable global communications, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, and support life-saving technology.

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    December 15, 2018

    Update: ULA Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 Set to Launch

    Everything is progressing toward the ULA Delta IV Heavy launch carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. The mission is set to lift off on a Delta IV Heavy rocket on Tuesday, Dec. 18 from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Today's forecast shows a 20 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The launch time is 5:57 p.m. PST (8:59pm EST).

    Launch Broadcast
    Live broadcast coverage of launch will begin at 5:37 p.m. PST on Dec. 18.
    Live launch updates and Webcast available at www.ulalaunch.com and www.youtube.com/unitedlaunchalliance .


    December 14, 2018

    Update: ULA Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 Set to Launch

    Everything is progressing toward the ULA Delta IV Heavy launch carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. The mission is set to lift off on a Delta IV Heavy rocket on Tuesday, Dec. 18 from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch time is 5:57 p.m. PST.

    Launch Broadcast
    Live broadcast coverage of launch will begin at 5:37 p.m. PST on Dec. 18.
    Live launch updates and webcast available at: www.ulalaunch.com

    *Note: Satellite frequencies changed from previous attempts


    Attention K-12 Rocket Scientists:
    United Launch Alliance Issues Call for 2019 Student Rocket Launch Payloads

    K-12 payload teams can compete for nearly $10,000 in prizes

    Centennial, Colo. (Dec.13, 2018) ­ United Launch Alliance (ULA) has issued its request for student teams from kindergarten through 12th grade to create "payloads" for the 2019 ULA and Ball Aerospace Student Rocket Launch. More than 20 K-12 student teams will have a chance to design, build and launch objects, experiments or instruments on the ULA-intern-built Future Heavy Super Sport rocket next summer. Teams can choose to compete for a chance to win up to $5,000 for their school or sponsoring nonprofit organization by guiding their payload closest to a designated ground-based target.

    The Student Rocket Launch program offers students from kindergarten through graduate school hands-on experience working with rockets and payloads. ULA intern volunteers design, build and refurbish the high-power sport rocket ­ dubbed "Future Heavy Super Sport" ­ while volunteer interns from Ball Aerospace and K-12 students design and build payloads that launch on the rocket.

    Teams can download the request for proposal at https://www.ulalaunch.com/explore/intern-rockets. Interested teams should notify the ULA contact noted in the RFP of their interest as soon as possible; the deadline to submit proposals is Jan. 31, 2019.

    "At United Launch Alliance, the work we do every day saves lives, enables exploration and connects the world, and these students are the future of our industry," said Tory Bruno, ULA president and CEO. "The Student Rocket Launch is a chance to experience what it's like to be a part of a rocket launch and mission. These students dream big, solve problems, build hardware, watch their payloads blast off on a rocket and then evaluate the results."

    Payloads are objects, experiments or instruments launched on and deployed (if desired) from the rocket. A payload can be almost anything a team can create within the provided guidelines. Past payloads have included everything from a class teddy bear dressed as an astronaut to drones programmed to land at a predetermined location. There is no cost to the students or schools to fly payloads on the Future Heavy rocket, though they are responsible for the cost of materials, travel, etc.

    The payloads will launch on the ULA intern-built Future Heavy Super Sport, a 35-foot-tall high-power sport rocket. It will fly to approximately 5,000 feet above the ground, where it will release 27 payloads. Thirteen payloads can compete for the cash prizes and will need to meet special competition requirements; the other payloads will be reserved for teams who want to fly payloads but not compete for the prize.

    The Student Rocket Launch gives students and interns design, analysis, test and hands-on fabrication experience in order to encourage participants to pursue technical careers that will be the future of our nation's presence and security in space.

    About United Launch Alliance
    With more than a century of combined heritage, ULA is the world's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 130 satellites to orbit that provide Earth observation capabilities, enable global communications, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, and support life-saving technology.

    For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch. 

    About Ball Aerospace
    Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most.  We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. For more information, visit www.ball.com/aerospace or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.


    Update: Delta IV Heavy carrying the NROL-71 mission

    (Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Dec. 13, 2018)– A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office is set to launch on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The mission will lift off on a Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch time is 5:57 p.m. PST.


    December 9, 2018

    Update: ULA Delta IV Heavy Scrub Statement

    (Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Dec. 8, 2018) – The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office was scrubbed today due to an unexpected condition during terminal count at approximately 7.5 seconds before liftoff. The team is currently reviewing all data and will determine the path forward. A new launch date will be provided when available.
    December 7, 2018

    ULA Delta IV Heavy Scrub Statement

    (Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Dec. 7, 2018) ­ The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office was scrubbed today due to an issue with a redundant communication link between the control center and the launch site.

    The team is prepping for a 24-hour turn around on Saturday, Dec. 8, from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The forecast shows a 60 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The launch time is 8:06 p.m. PT.


    December 6, 2018

    Update: ULA Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 Set to Launch

    Good evening - The ULA Launch Readiness Review was completed today and everything is progressing toward the ULA Delta IV Heavy launch carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. The mission is set to lift off on a Delta IV Heavy rocket on Friday, Dec. 7 from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Today's forecast shows a 40 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The launch time is 8:19 p.m. PT.

    View the Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 Mission Profile video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gj3QVKzSWQ  

    Launch Broadcast
    Live broadcast coverage of launch will begin at 7:59 p.m. PT on Dec. 7.
    Live launch updates and webcast available at: www.ulalaunch.com

    Webcast available at www.ulalaunch.com and www.youtube.com/unitedlaunchalliance


    Dexcember 5, 2018

    Update: ULA Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 Set to Launch

    Good evening - everything is progressing toward the ULA Delta IV Heavy launch carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. The mission is set to lift off on a Delta IV Heavy rocket on Friday, Dec. 7 from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Today's forecast shows a 40 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The launch time is 8:19 p.m. PT.

    See our Live Launch Updates for official and timely information during the countdown to liftoff here: https://www.ulalaunch.com/missions/delta-iv-nrol-71

    Launch Broadcast
    Live broadcast coverage of launch will begin at 7:59 p.m. PT on Dec. 7.
    Live launch updates and webcast available at: www.ulalaunch.com
     Launch Broadcast Satellite Coordinates + Webcast ALL TIMES PACIFIC

    Webcast available at www.ulalaunch.com and www.youtube.com/unitedlaunchalliance  


    United Launch Alliance to Launch NROL-71 in Support of National Security

    Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., (Dec. 5, 2018) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) will lift-off from Space Launch Complex-6 on Dec. 7 at 8:19 p.m. PT. Designated NROL-71, the mission is in support of national defense.

    The Delta IV Heavy is the nation's proven heavy lifter, delivering high-priority missions for the National Reconnaissance Office, U.S. Air Force and NASA. With its advanced upper stage, the Delta IV Heavy can take more than 14,000 pounds directly to geosynchronous orbit, as well as a wide variety of complex interplanetary trajectories.

    "We are proud to launch this critical payload in support of our nation's national security mission," said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Government and Commercial Programs. "As the nation's premiere launch provider, the teams have worked diligently to ensure continued mission success, delivering our customer's payloads to the precise orbits requested."

    This Delta IV Heavy is comprised of three common booster cores each powered by an Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-68A liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine producing a combined total of more than 2.1 million pounds of thrust. The second stage is powered by an AR RL10B-2 liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine.

    To date ULA has a track record of 100% mission success with 131 successful launches.

    With more than a century of combined heritage, ULA is the world's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 130 satellites to orbit that provide Earth observation capabilities, enable global communications, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, and support life-saving technology.

    For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.   


    December 4, 2018

    Update: ULA Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 Set to Launch

    Good evening - everything is progressing toward the ULA Delta IV Heavy launch carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. The mission is set to lift off on a Delta IV Heavy rocket on Friday, Dec. 7 from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Today's forecast shows a 40 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The launch time is 8:19 p.m. PT.

    Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 launch artwork located here: https://www.ulalaunch.com/missions/delta-iv-nrol-71

    Launch Broadcast
    Live broadcast coverage of launch will begin at 7:59 p.m. PT on Dec. 7.
    Live launch updates and webcast available at: www.ulalaunch.com
    Launch Broadcast Satellite Coordinates + Webcast ALL TIMES PACIFIC


    December 3, 2018

    Update: ULA Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 Set to Launch

    Good afternoon - everything is progressing toward the ULA Delta IV Heavy launch carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. The mission is set to lift off on a Delta IV Heavy rocket on Friday, Dec. 7 from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch time is 8:19 p.m. PT.

    Launch Broadcast
    Live broadcast coverage of launch will begin at 7:59 p.m. PT on Dec. 7.
    Live launch updates and webcast available at: www.ulalaunch.com
    Webcast available at www.ulalaunch.com and www.youtube.com/unitedlaunchalliance
    Launch Broadcast Satellite Coordinates + Webcast ALL TIMES PACIFIC


    United Launch Alliance to Host Next-Generation Launch Vehicle Update at Decatur Rocket Factory

    What: ULA's Vice President of Major Development Mark Peller will provide an update on the progress of the Vulcan Centaur, ULA's next-generation launch vehicle, and take media on a tour to see initial pathfinder and qualification hardware manufactured in the factory.

    ULA is transforming the future of space launch, making it more affordable, accessible and commercialized. The Vulcan Centaur is ULA's next-generation rocket and provides affordability with higher performance, while continuing to deliver on ULA's unparalleled reliability and precision.

    In addition, Peller and PaR Systems, ULA's supplier of the new friction stir welders that will be used to manufacture the Vulcan Centaur rocket, will be conducting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new welders. 

    When: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 9 a.m. Central Time
    Where: 1001 Red Hat Road, Decatur, AL.


    United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches AEHF-4 Mission

    50th Launch for the U.S. Air Force

    Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (Oct. 17, 2018) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) mission for the U.S. Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on Oct. 17 at 12:15 a.m. EDT. The launch of AEHF-4 marks ULA's 50th launch for the U.S. Air Force; ULA's first Air Force mission was Space Test Program-1 (STP-1), launched March 8, 2007.

    ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-4 mission #1
    ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-4 mission #2
    ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-4 mission #3
    (Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 17, 2018) A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 at 12:15 a.m. ET.
    Photos by United Launch Alliance

    "ULA's unparalleled record of successfully launching and placing payloads in orbit signifies our profound commitment to national defense," said Tory Bruno, ULA president and CEO. "We remain the only launch provider capable of placing our customers' payloads into any national security space orbit, anytime, which we've proudly exhibited through 50 launches for the U.S. Air Force."

    "Over the past 12 years, the men and women of ULA have reliably delivered dozens of Air Force payloads into orbit from GPS to WGS, and SBIRS to AEHF," said Gen. Jay Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command. "ULA's unprecedented 100 percent launch success has directly contributed to our national security. Congratulations to the entire launch team on a successful 50th launch for the U.S. Air Force."

    This mission launched aboard an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) 551 configuration vehicle, which includes a 5-meter large Payload Fairing (PLF) and stands at 197 ft. tall.

    Producing more than two and a half million pounds of thrust at liftoff, the Atlas V 551 configuration rocket is the most powerful in the Atlas V fleet. The 551 rocket has launched groundbreaking missions for our nation‹from the critically important Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) constellation to historic science missions including New Horizons, the first mission to Pluto, and the Juno mission to Jupiter.

    The AEHF system, developed by Lockheed Martin, provides vastly improved global, survivable, protected communications capabilities for strategic command and tactical warfighters.

    "Today's launch exemplifies ULA's ongoing commitment to 100 percent mission success," said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Government and Commercial Programs." My sincere thanks to the entire ULA team and our mission partners who made this, our 50th launch for the U.S. Air Force, possible."

    AEHF-4 is ULA's eighth launch in 2018 and 131st successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006.

    ULA's next launch is the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaisance Office on a Delta IV Heavy rocket. The launch is scheduled for Nov. 29 from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. With more than a century of combined heritage, ULA is the world's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 130 satellites to orbit that provide Earth observation capabilities, enable global communications, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, and support life-saving technology.

    For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.


    United Launch Alliance Set to Launch AEHF-4 for U.S. Air Force

    October 16, 2018
    ULA Atlas V AEHF-4 Mission Set to Launch Oct. 17
    Everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V launch carrying the AEHF-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force. The mission is set to lift off on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Today's forecast shows an 80 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The two hour launch window begins at 12:15 a.m. ET.
    Webcast available at www.ulalaunch.com and www.youtube.com/unitedlaunchalliance

    ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force stands poised for launch.
    (Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 16, 2018) A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-4 mission
    for the U.S. Air Force stands poised for launch. Photo courtesy of ULA.

    (Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 15, 2018) A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force is rolled from the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex-41.
    Photos courtesy of ULA.

    A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force #1

    A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force #2

    October 15, 2018
    L-2 Media Update: ULA Atlas V AEHF-4 Mission Set to Launch Oct. 17
    Everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V launch carrying the AEHF-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force. The mission is set to lift off on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Today's forecast shows an 80 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The two hour launch window begins at 12:15 a.m. ET.

    See our Live Launch Updates for official and timely information during the countdown to liftoff here: https://www.ulalaunch.com/missions/atlas-v-aehf-4
    See other links below.


    October 14, 2018
    Update: ULA Atlas V AEHF-4 Mission Set to Launch Oct. 17
    Everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V launch carrying the AEHF-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force. The mission is set to lift off on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Today's forecast shows an 80 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The two hour launch window begins at 12:15 a.m. ET.

    Please see the Atlas V AEHF-4 mission profile video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir6zIbHGTuA
    See other links below.


    October 13, 2018
    Update: ULA Atlas V AEHF-4 Mission Set to Launch Oct. 17
    The ULA Launch Readiness Review was completed yesterday and everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V launch carrying the AEHF-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force. The mission is set to lift off on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Today's forecast shows an 80 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The two hour launch window begins at 12:15 a.m. ET.

    Please see the Atlas V AEHF-4 mission booklet here: https://www.ulalaunch.com/docs/default-source/launch-booklets/AEHF4_MOB_FinalA.pdf

    Launch Broadcast
    Live broadcast coverage of launch will begin at 11:55 p.m. ET on Oct. 16.
    Live launch updates and webcast available at: www.ulalaunch.com

    Webcast available at www.ulalaunch.com and www.youtube.com/unitedlaunchalliance


    October 12, 2018

    United Launch Alliance Set to Launch AEHF-4 for U.S. Air Force

    Lifting the payload fairing to topof the Atlas V rocket.
    Payload Mate: Atlas V AEHF-4
    The Air Force's AEHF-4 mission, encapsulated inside a 5-meter payload fairing, is mated to its United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V booster inside the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) at Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex-41.
    Photo credit: United Launch Alliance
    Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (Oct. 12, 2018) -- A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is in final preparations to launch the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force. The launch is planned for Oct. 17 at Space Launch Complex-41 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The two-hour launch window opens at 12:15 a.m. EDT, and the live launch broadcast will begin Oct. 16 at 11:55 p.m. EDT at www.ulalaunch.com.

    Producing more than two and a half million pounds of thrust at liftoff, the Atlas V 551 configuration rocket is the most powerful in the Atlas V fleet. The 551 rocket has launched groundbreaking missions for our nation‹from the critically important Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) constellation to historic science missions including New Horizons, the first mission to Pluto, and the Juno mission to Jupiter. The Atlas V 551 configuration first launched on Jan. 19, 2006, and has launched eight times to date.

    "ULA continues to serve as our nation's most dependable and successful launch provider," said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Government and Commercial Programs. "We are proud to launch this critical satellite for the U.S. Air Force, and demonstrate our strong support of our nation's national defense and the warfighter community."

    The AEHF system, developed by Lockheed Martin, provides vastly improved global, survivable, protected communications capabilities for strategic command and tactical warfighters.

    This mission will launch aboard an Atlas V 551 configuration vehicle, which includes a 5-meter large Payload Fairing (PLF) and stands 197 ft. tall. The Atlas booster for this mission is powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine. Aerojet Rocketdyne provided the five AJ-60A solid rocket boosters (SRBs) and RL10C-1 engine for the Centaur upper stage.

    To date ULA has a track record of 100% mission success with 130 successful launches.

    With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered 130 satellites to orbit that aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, provide critical capabilities for troops in the field and enable personal device-based GPS navigation.

    For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.


    September 27, 2018

    United Launch Alliance Building Rocket of the Future with Industry-Leading Strategic Partnerships

    ULA Selects Blue Origin Advanced Booster Engine for Vulcan Centaur Rocket System

    Centennial, Colo., Sept. 27, 2018  ‒ United Launch Alliance's (ULA) next-generation rocket - the Vulcan Centaur - is making strong progress in development and is on track for its initial flight in mid-2020. The Vulcan Centaur rocket design leverages the proven success of the Delta IV and Atlas V launch vehicles while introducing advanced technologies and innovative features.

    "Vulcan Centaur will revolutionize spaceflight and provide affordable, reliable access to space for our current and future customers," said Tory Bruno, ULA's president and CEO. "We are well on our way to the introduction of Vulcan Centaur ‒ the future of U.S. rocket manufacturing. With state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing techniques, this rocket is designed specifically for low recurring cost."   The new rocket design is nearing completion, and the booster preliminary design and critical design reviews have been completed. Vulcan Centaur will have a maximum liftoff thrust of 3.8 million pounds and carry 56,000 pounds to low Earth orbit, 33,000 pounds to a geo-transfer orbit and 16,000 pounds to geostationary orbit with greater capability than any currently available single-core launch vehicle.

    "Our new rocket will be superior in reliability, cost and capability ‒ one system for all missions," said Bruno. "We have been working closely with the U.S. Air Force, and our certification plan is in place."

    Following completion of a competitive procurement, ULA has selected Blue Origin's BE-4 engine for Vulcan Centaur's booster stage. The liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled booster will be powered by a pair of BE-4 engines, each producing 550,000 pounds of sea level thrust.  As previously announced, ULA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne's RL10 engine for the Centaur upper stage, Northrop Grumman solid rocket boosters, L-3 Avionics Systems avionics, and RUAG's payload fairings and composite structures for the new Vulcan Centaur rocket system.

    "We are pleased to enter into this partnership with Blue Origin and look forward to a successful first flight of our next-generation launch vehicle," said Bruno.

    "We are very glad to have our BE-4 engine selected by United Launch Alliance. United Launch Alliance is the premier launch service provider for national security missions, and we're thrilled to be part of their team and that mission," said Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith. "We can't thank Tory Bruno and the entire United Launch Alliance team enough for entrusting our engine to powering the Vulcan rocket's first stage."

    Vulcan Centaur will bolster U.S. manufacturing by adding to the more than 22,000 direct and indirect American jobs in 46 states supported by ULA programs.

    "ULA has chosen the best systems available to create the Vulcan Centaur," said Bruno. "These engines and components will ensure ULA continues to lead the way in space exploration, maintain our record of success and remain America's launch vehicle for our nation's most vital missions."

    Vulcan Centaur is ULA's next-generation, American rocket system. As a result of these agreements, the Vulcan Centaur will surpass current rocket capabilities and launch services at significantly lower costs, while still meeting the requirements of ULA's cooperative research and development agreement with the U.S. Air Force to certify the Vulcan Centaur for national security space missions.

    "Strong partners are critical to the cutting-edge innovation that is leading us into the next generation in space and ensuring mission success," said Bruno. "Partnerships with Blue Origin, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Northrop Grumman, L-3 Avionics Systems and RUAG will allow the Vulcan Centaur to transform the future of space launch for the government and commercial markets, making launch more affordable, accessible and commercially available."

    With more than a century of combined heritage, ULA is the world's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered 130 satellites to orbit that provide Earth observation capabilities, enable global communications, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, and support life-saving technology.

    For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.


    September 27, 2018

    Blue Origin's BE-4 Engine Selected by ULA to Power Vulcan

    Blue Origin's BE-4 engine test
    Blue Origin's BE-4 engine test
    Hi There,

    Blue Origin logo We have some exciting news to share with you! Blue Origin's BE-4 engine has been selected by United Launch Alliance to power the Vulcan rocket. See the statement below from our CEO, Bob Smith, regarding today's announcement.

    "Today is a great day for the Blue Origin team. We are very honored that United Launch Alliance has selected Blue Origin's LOX/LNG BE-4 as the engine that will power the first stage of their Vulcan rocket.

    United Launch Alliance is the premier launch service provider for national security missions, and we're thrilled to be part of their team and that mission.

    We can't thank Tory Bruno and the entire United Launch Alliance team enough for entrusting our engine to power Vulcan. The Blue team is looking forward to developing our production facility for our BE-4 engine in Huntsville over the next year."

    Bob Smith
    Blue Origin, CEO
    If you want to learn more about today's announcement, here is Blue Origin's tweetULA's press release, and footage of the BE-4.

    Thanks and Gradatim Ferociter! (Latin for "Step by Step, Ferociously" - ed.)

    If you were forwarded this e-mail, you can receive it directly by signing up for updates at blueorigin.com/interested


    United Launch Alliance Building Rocket of the Future with Industry-Leading Strategic Partnerships

      ULA Selects Blue Origin Advanced Booster Engine for Vulcan Centaur Rocket System

    Centennial, Colo., Sept. 27, 2018  – United Launch Alliance's (ULA) next-generation rocket - the Vulcan Centaur - is making strong progress in development and is on track for its initial flight in mid-2020. The Vulcan Centaur rocket design leverages the proven success of the Delta IV and Atlas V launch vehicles while introducing advanced technologies and innovative features.

    "Vulcan Centaur will revolutionize spaceflight and provide affordable, reliable access to space for our current and future customers," said Tory Bruno, ULA's president and CEO. "We are well on our way to the introduction of Vulcan Centaur – the future of U.S. rocket manufacturing. With state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing techniques, this rocket is designed specifically for low recurring cost."

    The new rocket design is nearing completion, and the booster preliminary design and critical design reviews have been completed. Vulcan Centaur will have a maximum liftoff thrust of 3.8 million pounds and carry 56,000 pounds to low Earth orbit, 33,000 pounds to a geo-transfer orbit and 16,000 pounds to geostationary orbit with greater capability than any currently available single-core launch vehicle.

    "Our new rocket will be superior in reliability, cost and capability – one system for all missions," said Bruno. "We have been working closely with the U.S. Air Force, and our certification plan is in place."

    Following completion of a competitive procurement, ULA has selected Blue Origin's BE-4 engine for Vulcan Centaur's booster stage. The liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled booster will be powered by a pair of BE-4 engines, each producing 550,000 pounds of sea level thrust.  As previously announced, ULA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne's RL10 engine for the Centaur upper stage, Northrop Grumman solid rocket boosters, L?3 Avionics Systems avionics, and RUAG's payload fairings and composite structures for the new Vulcan Centaur rocket system.

    "We are pleased to enter into this partnership with Blue Origin and look forward to a successful first flight of our next-generation launch vehicle," said Bruno.

    "We are very glad to have our BE-4 engine selected by United Launch Alliance. United Launch Alliance is the premier launch service provider for national security missions, and we're thrilled to be part of their team and that mission," said Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith. "We can't thank Tory Bruno and the entire United Launch Alliance team enough for entrusting our engine to powering the Vulcan rocket's first stage."

    Vulcan Centaur will bolster U.S. manufacturing by adding to the more than 22,000 direct and indirect American jobs in 46 states supported by ULA programs.

    "ULA has chosen the best systems available to create the Vulcan Centaur," said Bruno. "These engines and components will ensure ULA continues to lead the way in space exploration, maintain our record of success and remain America's launch vehicle for our nation's most vital missions."

    Vulcan Centaur is ULA's next-generation, American rocket system. As a result of these agreements, the Vulcan Centaur will surpass current rocket capabilities and launch services at significantly lower costs, while still meeting the requirements of ULA's cooperative research and development agreement with the U.S. Air Force to certify the Vulcan Centaur for national security space missions.

    "Strong partners are critical to the cutting-edge innovation that is leading us into the next generation in space and ensuring mission success," said Bruno. "Partnerships with Blue Origin, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Northrop Grumman, L-3 Avionics Systems and RUAG will allow the Vulcan Centaur to transform the future of space launch for the government and commercial markets, making launch more affordable, accessible and commercially available."

    With more than a century of combined heritage, ULA is the world's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered 130 satellites to orbit that provide Earth observation capabilities, enable global communications, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, and support life-saving technology.

    For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.


    September 5, 2018
    Good afternoon - Launch highlights of the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the ICESat-2 spacecraft for NASA can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/jaIAqj-ReII

    For additional photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ulalaunch/sets/72157697184889504


    United Launch Alliance Selects NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as the Future Home of the Last Delta II Rocket

      Centennial, Colo., Sept. 15, 2018 – United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced today that the last Delta II rocket will join a lineup of historic rockets in the Rocket Garden on display at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

    "The Delta II rocket has been a venerable workhorse for NASA and civilian scientists, the U.S. military, and commercial clients throughout its almost 30 years of service," said Tory Bruno, ULA president and CEO.  "This program comes to a close with the final launch of NASA's ICESat-2, but its legacy will continue and the Visitor Complex will help us keep the story of the success of this much-revered rocket in the hearts and minds of the public."

    The maiden Delta II took flight on Valentine's Day in 1989, successfully delivering the first operational GPS satellite into space. Since that first launch, Delta II rockets have launched 154 successful missions. Its resume includes several trips to Mars as well as the planet-hunting Kepler, the twin lunar-orbiting GRAIL spacecraft, 48 GPS satellites and numerous commercial imaging and communications satellites.

    With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 125 satellites to orbit that provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, enable personal device-based GPS navigation and unlock the mysteries of our solar system.

    For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.


    United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches Final Delta II Rocket with NASA's ICESat-2
    The end of an era for the industry workhorse.

    View photos of the Delta II rocket launching here.

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    Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., (Sept. 15, 2018) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) spacecraft lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 on Sept. 15 at 6:02 a.m. PDT. This marks the final mission of the Delta II rocket, which first launched on Feb. 14, 1989, and launched 155 times including ICESat-2.

    From its origin as the launch vehicle for the first Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites to NASA's Earth observing, science and interplanetary satellites – including Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity – to vital commercial communication and imaging satellites, the Delta II rocket has truly earned its place in space history. "ULA is proud that the Delta II rocket has been a significant piece of history, launching more than 50 missions for NASA," said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Government and Commercial Programs. "I sincerely thank the entire ULA team, NASA, U.S. Air Force, and all of our partners and suppliers who have worked diligently to launch the final Delta II rocket, as well as the dedication of the teams throughout the past 29 years of the program."

    ICESat-2 will provide scientists with height measurements to create a global portrait of Earth's third dimension, gathering data that can precisely track changes of terrain including glaciers, sea ice, forests and more. Northrop Grumman built the spacecraft. In addition to ICESat-2, this mission included four CubeSats which launched from dispensers mounted to the Delta II second stage.

    This mission launched aboard a Delta II 7420-10 configuration rocket, which included a 10-foot-diameter payload fairing (PLF). The booster for this mission was powered by the RS-27A engine and the second stage was powered by the AJ10-118K engine.

    This is ULA's seventh launch in 2018 and the 130th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006.

    ULA's next launch is the AEHF-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force on an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

    With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered 130 satellites to orbit that aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, provide critical capabilities for troops in the field and enable personal device-based GPS navigation.

    For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.


    September 15, 2018
    Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. -- A ULA Delta II rocket carrying NASA's ICESat-2 spacecraft stands poised for launch. Photos courtesy of ULA.
    See our Live Launch Updates for official and timely information during the countdown to liftoff here: https://www.ulalaunch.com/missions/delta-ii-icesat-2
    View photos of the Delta II rocket on the launch pad here.

    September 13, 2018
    Good afternoon - The ULA and NASA Launch Readiness Review was completed today and everything is progressing toward the ULA Delta II ICESat-2 mission for NASA. The mission is set to lift off on a Delta II rocket on Saturday, Sept.15 from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Today's forecast shows a 100 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The 40-minute launch window begins at 5:46 a.m. PT.
    Delta II ICESat-2 infographics and launch artwork located here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ulalaunch/sets/72157697184889504
    Launch Broadcast
    Live broadcast coverage of launch will begin at 5:10 a.m. PT on Sept. 15.
    Live launch updates and webcast available at: www.ulalaunch.com


    September 12, 2018
    Good evening - everything is progressing toward the ULA Delta II ICESat-2 mission for NASA. The mission is set to lift off on a Delta II rocket on Saturday, Sept.15 from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Today's forecast shows a 100 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The 40-minute launch window begins at 5:46 a.m. PT.


    United Launch Alliance to Launch Final Delta II with NASA's ICESat-2

    Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., (Sept. 12, 2018) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket is in final preparations to launch NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) spacecraft from Space Launch Complex-2 on Sept. 15. This marks the final launch of the Delta II rocket, which first launched on Feb. 14, 1989.

    "This is the end of an era, as we prepare to launch the final Delta II rocket," said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Government and Commercial Programs. "This vehicle has truly created a legacy throughout its history launching NASA, critical U.S. military satellites and commercial clients."

    From its origin as the launch vehicle for the first Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites to NASA's Earth observing, science and interplanetary satellites – including Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity – to vital commercial communication and imaging satellites, the Delta II rocket has justly earned its place in space history.

    ICESat-2, with its single instrument, the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS), will provide scientists with height measurements to create a global portrait of Earth's third dimension, gathering data that can precisely track changes of terrain including glaciers, sea ice, forests and more. Northrop Grumman built the spacecraft. In addition to ICESat-2, this mission includes four CubeSats which will launch from dispensers mounted to the Delta II second stage.

    This mission will launch aboard a Delta II 7420-10 configuration rocket, which includes a 10-foot-diameter payload fairing (PLF). The booster for this mission is powered by the RS-27A engine and the second stage is powered by the AJ10-118K engine.

    To date ULA has a track record of 100% mission success with 129 successful launches.

    With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 125 satellites to orbit that aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, provide critical capabilities for troops in the field and enable personal device-based GPS navigation.

    For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.


    9/11/2018
    Good afternoon - everything is progressing toward the ULA Delta II ICESat-2 mission for NASA. The mission is set to lift off on a Delta II rocket on Saturday, Sept.15 from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The 40-minute launch window begins at 5:46 a.m. PT.

    Please see the Delta II ICESat-2 mission booklet here: https://www.ulalaunch.com/docs/default-source/launch-booklets/MOB_ICESat2.pdf

    Launch Broadcast
    Live broadcast coverage of launch will begin at 5:10 a.m. PT on Sept. 15.
    Live launch updates and webcast available at: www.ulalaunch.com


    VIASAT SELECTS UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE'S PROVEN ATLAS V ROCKET FOR COMMERCIAL SATELLITE LAUNCH

    PARIS, Sept. 10, 2018 – Global communications company, Viasat Inc., (Nasdaq: VSAT) announced today it selected United Launch Alliance's (ULA's) proven Atlas V vehicle to launch one of its ViaSat-3 satellite missions. This is the first commercial contract ULA has directly signed since assuming responsibility for the marketing and sales of the Atlas V launch vehicle from Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services earlier this year.

    The Viasat mission will carry one of the ViaSat-3 series spacecraft and is scheduled to launch in the 2020 - 2022 timeframe from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This mission will launch aboard an Atlas V 551 configuration vehicle, the largest in the Atlas V fleet. The 551 configuration provides the performance to deliver a ViaSat-3 satellite into a high-energy geostationary transfer orbit where it can begin on-orbit operations faster than with other available launch vehicles. 

    The selection of Atlas V for one of the ViaSat-3 missions is the next step in implementing Viasat's integrated launch strategy which is designed to ensure the on-time launch of all of the ViaSat-3 spacecraft through launch vehicle diversity and an integrated approach to launch planning. Viasat will announce specific mission assignments for each of the contracted launch vehicles at a later date.

    "ULA continues to demonstrate schedule certainty and flexibility, as well as be a trustworthy and reliable business partner. This coupled with unmatched Atlas V launch vehicle reliability and tailored mission design capabilities made ULA a strong partner for a ViaSat-3 launch mission," said Dave Ryan, president, Space Systems at Viasat. "ULA is known for providing an innovative launch solution that is focused on mission success, which will allow us to meet our business objectives to bring high-speed, high-quality broadband connectivity to meet end-user demand."

    "ULA's Atlas V launch vehicle is the most reliable launch vehicle in the world and we could not be more pleased that Viasat, a leading satellite broadband innovator, has recognized the value the Atlas V can offer, and decided to select this rocket to launch its critical commercial communications satellite," said Tory Bruno, ULA's president and CEO.

    The ViaSat-3 class of Ka-band satellites is expected to provide unprecedented capabilities in terms of service speed and flexibility for a satellite platform. The first two satellites will focus on the Americas and on Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), respectively, with the third satellite planned for the APAC region, completing Viasat's global service coverage. Each ViaSat-3 class satellite is expected to deliver more than 1-Terabit per second of network capacity, and to leverage high levels of flexibility to dynamically direct capacity to where customers are located.

    Atlas V has launched 78 missions with 100 percent success including 17 successful commercial missions. The workhorse rocket also delivered critical science missions for NASA such as Mars Science Lab, Pluto New Horizons and Mars InSight, and critical missions for the Department of Defense including Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) and Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS).

    About Viasat
    Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For more than 30 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people's lives anywhere they are‹on the ground, in the air or at sea. To learn more about Viasat, visit: www.viasat.com, go to Viasat's Corporate Blog, or follow the Company on social media at: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube.

    About ULA
    With more than a century of combined heritage, ULA is the world's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered 129 satellites to orbit that provide Earth observation capabilities, enable global communications, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, and support life-saving technology.

    For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.

    This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements include among others, statements about the relationship between Viasat and ULA; launch or in-orbit date; the ViaSat-3 class satellite for APAC, which has yet to be ordered; and the performance, capabilities and anticipated benefits of the ViaSat-3 class satellite platform, expected capacity, service, speeds, coverage, flexibility and other features of the ViaSat-3 constellation. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the ViaSat-3 satellite platform, unexpected expenses or delays related to the satellite system, the ability to successfully implement Viasat's business plan for broadband satellite services on Viasat's anticipated timeline or at all, including with respect to the ViaSat-3 satellite platform; and risks associated with the construction, launch and operation of ViaSat-3 and Viasat's other satellites, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in Viasat's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including Viasat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Viasat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

    Copyright © 2018 Viasat, Inc. All rights reserved. All other product or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. Viasat is a registered trademark of Viasat, Inc.


    United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches NASA's Parker Solar Probe Spacecraft


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    Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (Aug. 12, 2018) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 on Aug. 12 at 3:31 a.m. EDT. NASA selected ULA's Delta IV Heavy for its unique ability to deliver the necessary energy to begin the Parker Solar Probe's journey to the sun.

    The Delta IV Heavy is the nation's proven heavy lift launch vehicle, delivering high-priority missions for NASA, the U.S. Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office. With its advanced cryogenic upper stage, Delta IV Heavy can deliver more than 14,000 pounds directly to geosynchronous orbit, as well as a wide variety of complex interplanetary trajectories.

    "The unique requirements of this mission made the Delta IV Heavy the perfect launch vehicle to deliver Parker Solar Probe into orbit with the highest precision," said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Government and Commercial Programs. "Congratulations to our team and mission partners, we are proud to launch this exceptional spacecraft that will provide invaluable scientific information benefiting all of humankind."

    This mission was launched aboard a Delta IV Heavy, which is comprised of three common core boosters each powered by an Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR) RS-68A liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engines producing a combined total of more than 2.1 million pounds of thrust. The second stage was powered by an AR RL10B-2 liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine. Due to the extremely high energy required for this mission, the Delta IV Heavy's capability was enhanced by a powerful third stage provided by Northrop Grumman.

    This was the 37th launch of the Delta IV rocket, and the 10th in the Heavy configuration. It also marks ULA's sixth launch in 2018 and the 129th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006.

    ULA's next launch is the ICESat-2 mission for NASA on what will be the final Delta II mission. The launch is scheduled for Sept.15 at Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

    With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 125 satellites to orbit that aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, provide critical capabilities for troops in the field and enable personal device-based GPS navigation.

    For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.


    Good afternoon (12:02pm) -- Launch highlights of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the Parker Solar Probe mission for NASA can be viewed here: https://www.ulalaunch.com/explore/gallery



    August 12, 2018, 4:20am - FOLLOW-UP: United Launch Alliance August 11th NASA's Parker Solar Probe Launch
    Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., August 12, 2018 - A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the NASA Parker Solar Probe spacecraft lifts off from Space Launch Complex-37 at 3:31 a.m. ET. Photos by United Launch Alliance
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    Launch Postponed (8/11/2018, 4:54AM)
    (Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., August 11, 2018) — The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy carrying the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft was scrubbed today due to a violation of a launch limit, resulting in a hold. There was not enough time remaining in the window to recycle.

    The launch is planned for Sunday, Aug. 12 from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The forecast shows a 60 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The launch time is 3:31 a.m. ET.

    August 9, 2018 - FOLLOW-UP: United Launch Alliance August 11th NASA's Parker Solar Probe Launch
    Good evening - The ULA and NASA Launch Readiness Review was completed today and everything is progressing toward the ULA Delta IV Heavy Parker Solar Probe mission for NASA. The mission is set to lift off on a Delta IV Heavy rocket on Saturday, Aug. 11 from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Today's forecast shows a 70 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The launch time is 3:33 a.m. ET.
    August 8, 2018 - FOLLOW-UP: United Launch Alliance August 11th NASA's Parker Solar Probe Launch
    Good evening - everything is progressing toward the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy Parker Solar Probe mission for NASA. The mission is set to lift off on a Delta IV Heavy rocket on Saturday, Aug. 11 from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Today's forecast shows a 70 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The launch time is 3:33 a.m. ET.

    Please see the Delta IV Heavy Parker Solar Probe mission art here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ulalaunch/41811933860/in/album-72157699429674795/

    August 7, 2018 - FOLLOW-UP: United Launch Alliance to Launch NASA's Parker Solar Probe
    Good evening - everything is progressing toward the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy Parker Solar Probe mission for NASA. The mission is set to lift off on a Delta IV Heavy rocket on Saturday, Aug. 11 from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Today's forecast shows an 80 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The launch time is 3:33 a.m. ET.

    Please see the Delta IV Heavy Parker Solar Probe mission booklet here: https://www.ulalaunch.com/docs/default-source/launch-booklets/divh_parkersolarprobe_mob.pdf

    Launch Broadcast:
    Live launch coverage will begin at 3 a.m. ET on Aug. 11.
    Web cast available at: www.ulalaunch.com


    United Launch Alliance to Launch NASA's Parker Solar Probe

    Launch window opens Aug. 11 at 3:33 a.m. ET

    Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (Aug. 7, 2018) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket is in final preparations to launch NASA's Parker Solar Probe from Space Launch Complex-37 on Aug. 11. NASA selected ULA's Delta IV Heavy for its unique ability to deliver the necessary energy to begin the Parker Solar Probe's journey to the sun. After launch, the spacecraft will orbit directly through the solar atmosphere – the corona – closer to the surface than any human-made object has ever gone.

    "ULA is honored to launch the one-of-a-kind Parker Solar Probe," said Tory Bruno, ULA president and CEO. "Only the Delta IV Heavy possesses the capability to deliver this unique mission to orbit, and we are proud to provide unmatched launch services to our NASA mission partners."

    The Delta IV Heavy is the nation's proven heavy lifter, delivering high-priority missions for the U.S. Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office and NASA. With its advanced upper stage, Delta IV Heavy can take more than 14,500 pounds directly to geosynchronous orbit, as well as a wide variety of complex interplanetary trajectories.

    This Delta IV Heavy is comprised of three common core boosters each powered by an Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR) RS-68A liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine, producing a combined total of more than 2.1 million pounds of thrust. The second stage is powered by an AR RL10B-2 liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine. Due to the extremely high energy required for this mission, the Delta IV Heavy's capability will be augmented by a powerful third stage provided by Northrop Grumman.

    This will be the 37th launch of the Delta IV rocket, and the 10th in the Heavy configuration. To date ULA has a track record of 100 percent mission success with 128 successful launches.

    With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 125 satellites to orbit that aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, provide critical capabilities for troops in the field and enable personal device-based GPS navigation.

    For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.


    ULA and Ball Aerospace Interns, K-12 Students Participate in 10th Anniversary of the Student Rocket Launch

    Centennial and Boulder, Colorado (July 17, 2018) — More than 30 student-built payloads launched onboard an intern-built sport rocket United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Ball Aerospace once again collaborated on a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education program with a rocket launch over southeastern Colorado. The 10th anniversary launch marked the high point of an experience designed to simulate a real-life launch campaign and inspire students from kindergarten to graduate school to pursue careers in STEM.
    ULA-Ball Student Rocket Launch
    Working on their own time, ULA interns designed, built and launched the Future Heavy SS rocket with the guidance of mentors. Ball Aerospace mentors volunteered their time to create and test their payloads. Altogether, more than 30 interns and 12 mentors from ULA and 34 interns and 23 mentors from Ball made the 2018 event possible. Photo credit: United Launch Alliance


    ULA and Ball Aerospace Interns Rocket Launch
    The Future Heavy Super Sport (SS) rocket lifts off on July 14, 2018, at Lake Meredith Colorado, as part of the 10th annual Student Rocket Launch. The experience is designed to simulate a real-life launch campaign and inspire students from kindergarten to graduate school to pursue careers in STEM. The rocket, built by interns at United Launch Alliance (ULA), launched 33 payloads (onboard objects, experiments or instruments that may deploy from the rocket) over Lake Meredith, Colorado. Interns from Ball Aerospace and K-12 students from Colorado, California and New Mexico. Photo credit: United Launch Alliance
    On July 14, ULA's Future Heavy Super Sport (SS) rocket launched 33 payloads (onboard objects, experiments or instruments that may deploy from the rocket) over Lake Meredith, Colorado.

    Working on their own time, ULA interns designed, built and launched the Future Heavy SS rocket with the guidance of mentors. Ball Aerospace mentors volunteered their time to create and test their payloads. Altogether, more than 30 interns and 12 mentors from ULA and 34 interns and 23 mentors from Ball made the 2018 event possible.

    "I've been building rockets since I was a kid, and it was incredibly influential to my choice to go into aerospace as a career," said Tory Bruno, ULA CEO and president. "This partnership with ULA and Ball lets students at all levels a chance to see what it's like to design, build, test and learn from that process – with the added motivation that their work launches on a rocket."

    Three of the largest payloads were built by Ball Aerospace interns as part of the Ball Intern Remote Sensing Team (BIRST) program. Additional payloads were built by K-12 students from California, Colorado and New Mexico.

    "It has been a pleasure collaborating with ULA on the student rocket launch for the past 10 years," said Rob Strain, president, Ball Aerospace. "This exciting opportunity for our interns is a fun learning experience for them to understand what a career in aerospace is like by participating in a program from concept to launch."

    In honor of the 10th anniversary event, ULA introduced a twist – a payload competition for K-12 teams. Eleven teams competed to win up to $5,000 by designing a craft to return the payload to a pre-appointed location near the launch site. The payloads were too widely dispersed to measure distance accurately, so team scores on pre-launch design reviews determined the winners.

    This year's winners:

    • First place: $5,000: Boulder High School (Boulder, Colorado), for "The Glider Project"
    • Second place: $3,000: Monarch High School (Lafayette, Colorado), for "Droney McDroneface"
    • Third place: $1,500: Green Mountain High School (Lakewood, Colorado), for "The Gassy Can"
    Since the Student Rocket Launch's first launch in 2008, nearly 800 interns from ULA and Ball have participated in the program under guidance from more than 200 mentors. In total, ULA's interns have designed, built and launched 31 rockets carrying more than 200 payloads from five different locations.

    United Launch Alliance
    With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 125 satellites to orbit that provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, enable personal device-based GPS navigation and unlock the mysteries of our solar system.

    For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com. Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch, and instagram.com/ulalaunch.

    Ball Aerospace
    Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. Go Beyond with Ball.® For more information, visit www.ball.com/aerospace or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.


    United Launch Alliance IAM Employees Approve New Contract

    Centennial, Colo., (May 19, 2018) – Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) have accepted the company's new four-year contract offer and will return to work after being on strike since May 7.

    The new contract covers 600 bargaining unit employees from District Lodges #75 and #166, which includes Locals #44, #610 and #2786 performing work on the Atlas V, Delta II, Delta IV and Vulcan Centaur product lines at both East and West Coast ULA launch sites and Decatur, Alabama, manufacturing facility. The contract becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. on May 7. Negotiations on the new contract officially started April 16 and ended April 26. On May 6 the ratification vote was held in all geographical locations covered by this contract and the employees voted to go on strike. Following meetings on May 15 and 16, union negotiators recommended the new contract and today members voted to accept the new contract. 

    "We are pleased that the IAM represented employees have ratified this agreement that is so critical to continuing ULA's success," said Tory Bruno, ULA president and CEO. "The represented employees' contributions have propelled ULA forward in delivering critical capabilities for our nation and our customers. Our employees build the best, most reliable rockets flying today and the missions we launch save lives, explore the universe, connect the world and help humankind unlock its potential in space.

    "We believe this contract will help secure our place as the go-to provider for launching people and one-of-a-kind payloads into space well into the future. We are excited and proud to work alongside an engaged team that is setting the standard for innovation and excellence in the space industry," Bruno added.

    With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 125 satellites to orbit that provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, enable personal device-based GPS navigation and unlock the mysteries of our solar system. 

    For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com. Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch, and instagram.com/ulalaunch.


    United Launch Alliance Selects Aerojet Rocketdyne's RL10 Engine for Next-generation Vulcan Centaur Upper Stage

      Centennial, Colo., May 11, 2018 – United Launch Alliance (ULA) today announced Aerojet Rocketdyne as a strategic partner for the RL10 upper stage engine for ULA's next-generation Vulcan Centaur rocket following a competitive procurement process.

    "ULA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have a long and successful history together that began with the first flight of our Atlas and Delta rockets in the 1960s," said Tory Bruno, ULA president and CEO. "We could not be more pleased to have selected the proven and reliable RL10 to power our Vulcan Centaur upper stage."

    This partnership is a long-term agreement for Aerojet Rocketdyne to provide upper stage propulsion for the next decade. As part of this partnership, Aerojet Rocketdyne will provide RL10s and develop the RL10C-X, the next generation of the RL10 family. The RL10C-X will increase the use of additive manufacturing and introduce other advanced technologies to improve the quality, reliability, affordability and performance. 

    "Key determining factors to our selection included price and delivery schedule," said Bruno. "We look forward to continuing our strong partnership to ensure a successful introduction of Vulcan Centaur."

    Over the course of nearly 60 years, more than 450 RL10 engines have flown on various ULA heritage vehicles with an unmatched record of mission success.

    ULA continues its competitive procurement process for the booster engine and plans to make a down select soon.

    With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 125 satellites to orbit that provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, enable personal device-based GPS navigation and unlock the mysteries of our solar system.

    For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.


    May 5, 2018

    United Launch Alliance Atlas V InSight Launch Highlights Video

    Good evening -- Launch highlights of the ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the InSight mission for NASA can be viewed here: https://www.ulalaunch.com/explore/gallery

    For additional photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ulalaunch/sets/72157690619142190


    May 5, 2018

    United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches West Coast's First Interplanetary Mission for NASA

    ULA Atlas V rocket at Vandenberg AFB.
    ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the InSight mission for NASA.
    Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., (May 5, 2018) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's InSight Mars lander lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 on May 5 at 4:05 a.m. PDT. InSight is the first mission launched to another planet from the West Coast, which requires more energy than an East Coast launch that takes advantage of the Earth's rotation. The West Coast Mars launch was made possible by the performance of the Atlas V and an optimized trajectory design to achieve the very exact hyperbolic injection required to deliver the spacecraft to Mars.

    ULA and its heritage rockets have launched every U.S. spacecraft to the Red Planet since the 1960s, including Mars Science Lab, as well as the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. This was the 10th Mars launch on an Atlas rocket, and the fourth by the Atlas V following the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2005, the Curiosity rover in 2011 and the MAVEN orbiter in 2013.

    In addition to InSight, the mission included two CubeSats which launched from dispensers mounted on the aft bulkhead carrier on the Atlas V Centaur second stage.

    The Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats, designed and built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, are the first to travel interplanetary.

    "ULA is proud to have been a key part of this mission to explore our universe and unlock possibilities in space that will benefit all of humankind," said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Government and Commercial Programs. "I want to express my sincerest thanks to the entire ULA team, NASA and all our partners and suppliers for their exceptional teamwork and dedication to another successful mission."

    This mission was launched aboard an Atlas V 401 configuration vehicle, which includes a 4-meter Payload Fairing (PLF). The Atlas booster for this mission was powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine. Aerojet Rocketdyne provided the RL10C-1 engine for the Centaur upper stage.

    This is the 78th launch of the Atlas V rocket, ULA's fifth launch in 2018 and the 128th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006.

    ULA's next launch is the Parker Solar Probe mission for NASA on a Delta IV Heavy rocket. The launch is scheduled for no earlier than July 31 at Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the Nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 125 satellites to orbit that aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, provide critical capabilities for troops in the field and enable personal device-based GPS navigation.

    For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.


    May 4, 2018

    Update: ULA Atlas V InSight Launch Set for May 5

    Good evening - Everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V InSight mission for NASA. The mission is set to lift off on an Atlas V rocket on Saturday, May 5 from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Today's L-1 forecast shows a 20 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The two-hour launch window begins at 4:05 a.m. PT.

    Launch Forecast Summary:
    Overall probability of violating weather constraints: 80%
    Primary concerns: Launch Visibility

    Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 hour delay: 80%
    Primary concern: Launch Visibility

    Launch Broadcast
    Live launch coverage will begin at 3:30 a.m. PT on May 5.
    Web cast available at: www.ulalaunch.com


    May 4, 2018

    Update: ULA Atlas V InSight Launch Set for May 5

    Good evening -- The ULA and NASA Launch Readiness Review was completed today and everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V InSight mission for NASA. The mission is set to lift off on an Atlas V rocket on Saturday, May 5 from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Today's L-2 forecast shows a 20 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The two-hour launch window begins at 4:05 a.m. PT.

    InSight infographics and launch artwork located here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ulalaunch/albums/72157690619142190

    Launch Forecast Summary:
    Overall probability of violating weather constraints: 80%
    Primary concerns: Launch Visibility

    Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 hour delay: 80%
    Primary concern: Launch Visibility

    Launch Broadcast
    Live launch coverage will begin at 3:30 a.m. PT on May 5.
    Web cast available at: www.ulalaunch.com


    May 3, 2018

    ULA Atlas V InSight Launch Set for May 5

    Good evening - everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V InSight mission for NASA. The mission is set to lift off on an Atlas V rocket on Saturday, May 5 from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Today's L-3 forecast shows a 20 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch.  The two-hour launch window begins at 4:05 a.m. PT.

    Launch Forecast Summary:
    Overall probability of violating weather constraints: 80%
    Primary concerns: Launch Visibility

    Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 hour delay: 80%
    Primary concern: Launch Visibility

    Launch Broadcast
    Live launch coverage will begin at 3:30 a.m. PT on May 5.
    Web cast available at: www.ulalaunch.com


    May 1, 2018

    ULA Atlas V InSight Launch Set for May 5

    Everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V InSight mission for NASA. The mission is set to lift off on an Atlas V rocket on Saturday, May 5 from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The two-hour launch window begins at 4:05 a.m. PT.  

    Please see the Atlas V InSight mission booklet here: https://www.ulalaunch.com/docs/default-source/launch-booklets/mob_insightfinal.pdf  

    Launch Broadcast
    Live launch coverage will begin at 3:30 a.m. PT on May 5. Web cast available at: www.ulalaunch.com


    April 15, 2018

    Launch highlights of the ULA Atlas V rocket...

    carrying the AFSPC-11 mission for the U.S. Air Force can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/N8rZSSZfcSM
    For additional photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ulalaunch/sets/72157693756935821


    ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AFSPC-11 mission
    Photo by United Launch Alliance
    A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AFSPC-11 mission for the U.S. Air Force lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 at 7:13 p.m. ET on April 14.
    4/15/2018

    United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches AFSPC-11 Mission for the U.S. Air Force

    Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (April 15, 2018) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-11 mission lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on April 14 at 7:13 p.m. EDT. AFSPC-11 is a multi-payload mission. The forward payload is referred to as CBAS (Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM) and the aft spacecraft is EAGLE (EELV Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) Augmented Geosynchronous Experiment).

    "Today's launch is a testament to why the ULA team continually serves as our nation's most reliable and successful launch provider for our nation's most critical space assets," said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Government and Commercial Programs. "I want to thank the entire ULA team, and the phenomenal teamwork of our mission partners."

    This mission was launched aboard an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) 551 configuration vehicle, which includes a 5-meter large Payload Fairing (PLF). The Atlas booster for this mission was powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine. Aerojet Rocketdyne provided the five AJ-60A solid rocket boosters (SRBs) and RL10C-1 engine for the Centaur upper stage.

    This is the 77th launch of the Atlas V rocket, ULA's 4th launch in 2018 and the 127th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006.

    ULA's next launch is the InSight mission for NASA on an Atlas V rocket. The launch is scheduled for May 5 at Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

    With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the Nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 125 satellites to orbit that aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, provide critical capabilities for troops in the field and enable personal device-based GPS navigation.

    For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.


    4/13/18

    ULA Atlas V AFSPC-11 Mission Set to Launch April 14

    Good afternoon — Everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V launch carrying the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-11 mission. The mission is set to lift off on Saturday, April 14 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Today's L-1 forecast shows an 80 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch. The launch time is 7:13 p.m. ET.

    Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-11 mission Launch Forecast Summary:
    Overall probability of violating weather constraints: 20%
    Primary concerns: Cumulus Clouds

    Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 hour delay: 80%
    Primary concern: Lightning, Cumulus Clouds, Ground Winds

    LAUNCH
    SATURDAY, APRIL 14
    BARS + TONE – 6:22 P.M.
    PROGRAM START – 6:53 P.M.

    Launch Broadcast Satellite Coordinates + Webcast
    ALL TIMES EASTERN

    Webcast available at www.ulalaunch.com and
    www.youtube.com/unitedlaunchalliance

    (Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., April 13, 2018) A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-11 mission is rolled from the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex-41.
    Photo courtesy of ULA.


    4/13/2018

    ATLAS V TO LAUNCH AFSPC-11

    • Rocket: Atlas V 551
    • Mission: AFSPC-11
    • Launch Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
    • Launch Time: 7:13 p.m. EDT
    • Launch Broadcast: Live launch coverage will begin at 6:53 p.m. EDT
    Launch Location: Space Launch Complex-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
    Mission Description: Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-11 is a multi-manifested mission. The forward spacecraft is referred to as CBAS (Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM) and the aft spacecraft is EAGLE (ESPA Augmented GEO Laboratory Experiment).
    Launch Notes: AFSPC-11 will mark the 77th launch of the Atlas V rocket since its inaugural launch in 2002 and the eighth in the 551 configuration, which produces more than 2.5 million pounds of thrust off the launch pad. This mission will be ULA's 127th since the company was founded in December 2006.
    Launch Updates: To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch; hashtag #AtlasV.
    Go Atlas! Go Centaur! Go AFSPC-11!



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