NASA Awards Launch Contracts for Sentinel-6A & Landsat 9 to SpaceX & ULA

NASA announced a pair of new launch contracts this week for the Landsat 9 mission and the joint U.S.-European Sentinel-6A satellite, set to launch in 2020/21 atop Atlas V and Falcon 9 rockets, respectively.

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Classified NRO Satellite Spotted in Orbit within Hours of Launch

Within hours of its arrival in a classified orbit on Sunday, satellite trackers spotted the clandestine NROL-52 satellite, confirming its expected orbital trajectory and adding further proof to its suspected role within the satellite fleet of the National Reconnaissance Office.

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Atlas V Blasts Off from Florida on Fifth Attempt, Classified NROL-52 Satellite Confirmed in Orbit

Lifting a classified satellite in the interests of U.S. National Security, ULA’s Atlas V rocket lit up the night skies over Florida’s Atlantic Coast on Sunday – finally getting off the ground on its fifth launch attempt.

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Dazzling Photos of Atlas V’s Early Morning Blastoff on Classified Government Mission

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 421 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch System 41 at 7:28 UTC on Sunday, October 15, 2017 on a classified mission with the NROL-52 satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office.

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Atlas V Rocket Rolls Back after Three Back-to-Back Launch Scrubs

ULA’s Atlas V rocket carrying the classified NROL-52 satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office has been forced to move back into its Integration Facility after suffering three consecutive launch delays earlier in the week.

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Delay to Saturday – Florida Weather Holds Up Classified Atlas V Launch with NROL-52

The launch of a classified satellite operated by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office has been rescheduled for Friday after strong winds at the Cape Canaveral Launch Site prevented the Atlas V rocket to complete fueling operations for a launch attempt Thursday morning.

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DELAY — Electronic Eavesdropping Satellite Stands Ready for Liftoff atop Atlas V Rocket

A powerful Atlas V rocket sporting four boosters will light up the night over California late on Thursday, aiming for liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 5:38 UTC on Friday with the classified NROL-42 satellite

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NASA’s TDRS-M Satellite Arrives in Geosynchronous Orbit, Completes Antenna & Array Deployment

NASA’s TDRS-M satellite this week reached its high-altitude perch in Geosynchronous Orbit and completed all major deployment events on its solar arrays and antennas in preparation for a multi-month commissioning phase before entering an active role within the agency’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System.

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NASA’s Newest Tracking & Data Relay Satellite Sails into Orbit aboard ULA Atlas V Rocket

The rumble of an Atlas V rocket returned to Cape Canaveral on Friday after a four-month gap when ULA’s workhorse rocket blasted off with a critical reinforcement for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, providing extension coverage to maintain the agency’s prime space communications program.

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TDRSS Reinforcement to Head into Orbit on Friday atop Atlas V Rocket

A reinforcement for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System stands ready for liftoff atop an Atlas V rocket on Friday to join the critical communications system used by the agency to keep in contact with Astronauts aboard the International Space Station, beam down images from the Hubble Space Telescope and relay data to and from critical Earth-observation satellites

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