2016 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2016 saw a total of 85 known orbital launch attempts operated by eight nations from space ports in

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Delta IV soars into the Night, lifts most powerful WGS Military Communications Satellite to Orbit

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Rocket made an impressive night launch from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday, lighting up the dark skies over Florida’s Space Coast as it thundered uphill to lift the most powerful U.S. military communications satellite to orbit.

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Most Powerful U.S. Military Communications Satellite ready for Launch on ULA Delta IV

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket stands ready for launch from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 37 on Wednesday, carrying into orbit the eighth and most powerful satellite in the Wideband Global Satcom System (WGS).

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ULA sets up for rapid Order-to-Launch Campaigns to draw in new Customers

United Launch Alliance announced on Tuesday an initiative that could facilitate future launches on the company’s rockets within three months of an order being placed – the fastest Order-to-Launch Service in the industry, hoped to give the Colorado-based company an edge on the competitive launch market.

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Photos: Nighttime Delta IV Liftoff with GSSAP Satellite Pair

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket blasts off from SLC-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in a midnight hour launch on Friday to embark on a long ascent mission to deliver a pair of satellites for the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program directly into a drift orbit 36,000 Kilometers above Earth.

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Midnight Hour Blastoff for Delta IV Rocket with two Orbital Patrol Satellites

Thundering off from the United States Space Coast in a midnight hour launch on Friday, a ULA Delta IV embarked on a long mission to boost a pair of satellites into orbit for the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program – a ‘neighborhood watch’ effort by the United States Air Force to keep tabs on potential threats to U.S. space assets.

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Pair of Orbital Patrol Satellites ready for Launch atop Delta IV Rocket

Two satellites patrolling the Geostationary Satellite Belt are ready for launch atop a Delta IV rocket this Friday to join a similar satellite pair launched in 2014 as part of a “neighborhood watch” effort by the United States Air Force.

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Satellite Trackers keep Tabs on Orbital Moves of NROL-37 Spy Satellite

A Dutch-Australian team of satellite trackers has kept tabs on a recently launched U.S. spy satellite as it completed its initial maneuvers in a high orbit around Earth to enter a checkout location for commissioning activities ahead of entering operational service, supplying the NSA and other intelligence agencies with eavesdropping data.

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Photos: Delta IV Thunders off with heavy Intelligence-Gathering Satellite

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket gracefully climbed into the skies over Florida’s Space Coast on Saturday, embarking on a multi-hour mission to deliver a massive signals intelligence satellite to orbit for the U.S. Government.

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Delta IV Powerhouse blasts off with Largest Spy Satellite in the World

America’s most powerful rocket blazed into the skies over Florida on Saturday, lifting the classified NROL-37 satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office to join a fleet of signals intelligence satellites eavesdropping on foreign territories.

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Video: Delta IV Heavy Rocket blasts off with Signals Intelligence Satellite

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket gracefully climbed into the skies over Florida’s Space Coast on Saturday, embarking on a multi-hour mission to deliver a massive signals intelligence satellite to orbit for the U.S. Government.

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