Category Archives: Vandenberg Air Force Base

JPSS-1 delivered to orbit during second Delta II mission in 2017.

United Launch Alliance managed to launch Delta II with JPSS-1 from Vandenberg Air Force Base during third trial. First NOAA next generation weather satellite should be launched earlier this week but ULA twice was forced to postpone this mission. First time due the boats in the safety zone around Vandenberg and second time due the strong…
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JPSS-1 weather satellite delayed for at least four days

United Launch Alliance informed about postponing the launch of Delta II rocket with JPSS-1 satellite for at least four days. According to ULA reason for delaying launch of Delta II is problem with faulty battery of JPSS-1 satellite. It was decided yesterday to replace battery and specialists from Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. managed to…
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NROL-42 delivered to orbit !

United Launch Alliance Atlas V (541) delivered today to orbit classified payload for National Reconnaissance Office after launch from Vandenberg Air Force base SLC-3 launch site. Finally Atlas V proved to be ready during final inspection before launch - this time booster caused no issues like on original launch date when ground service team found…
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NROL-42 and Atlas V delayed

Launch of the classified payload for National Reconnaissance Office was delayed due the technical reasons connected with launch vehicle. Launch of the NROL-42 was planned for today at 05:38 UTC from LC-3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Rocket was ready at the launch site with payload encapsulated and attached with fairing on September…
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NROL-42 already on Friday

United Launch Alliance will deliver to orbit NROL-42 to orbit on Friday, September 22, 2017. Classified payload will be operated and controlled by National Reconnaissance Office intelligence satellite. Launch is planned for 05:38 UTC from SLC-3E launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force base in California. Payload will be satellite collecting radio signals from Molniya orbit…
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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…
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Joint Polar Satellite System, JPSS-1 arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base

JPSS-1 arrived inside special container towed by lorry to Vandenberg Air Force Base from Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. facility in Boulder, Colorado. New weather satellite will be launched in November 2017. Launch of the first satellite of new weather monitoring system called Joint Polar Satellite System is planned for 09:49 UTC on November 10th, 2017. Delta…
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Falcon-9 with Formosat-5 after test fire

SpaceX successfully performed test fire before their next launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. SpaceX finished most important test before planned for August 24 2017 launch of the Taiwan’s National Space Organization observation satellite Formosat-5  - preflight test fire of the first stage of Falcon-9. Falcon-9 was rolled out to the  Space Launch Complex…
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NROL-79 delivered !

Atlas V performed flawlessly its 70th mission and delivered to orbit classified payload for National Reconnaissance Office. United Launch Alliance, operator of the Atlas V, decided to launch rocket in 401 configuration - payload was covered under 4 m payload fairing,  first core stage was not supported with boosters and upper stage was equipped with…
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