SpaceX Receives second GPS Navigation Satellite Launch Contract

The U.S. Air Force this week it had awarded SpaceX a launch contract for the third GPS III satellite with a targeted launch date in February 2019, marking SpaceX’s second competitively won GPS contract and ending a decade-long monopoly held by United Launch Alliance in the military launch business.

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Videos: Delta IV / WGS-9 Pre-Launch Processing

The ninth Wideband Global Satcom Satellite is encapsulated in its protective payload fairing and placed atop a Delta IV launch vehicle in preparation for a March 2017 liftoff to join the U.S. military’s worldwide high-capacity communications system keeping deployed troops connected.

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Satellite Trackers spot NROL-79 in Classified Orbit, confirm Identity as NOSS Duo

Satellite trackers successfully pin-pointed the NROL-79 payload dispatched to orbit this week by an Atlas V rocket, confirming its identity as a pair of NOSS spacecraft tasked with tracking foreign ships and aircraft on a global scale, delivering critical information for general awareness and tactical military planning.

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Atlas V lifts Crucial Missile Warning Satellite to Orbit in Successful Year-Opening Launch

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket thundered off from Cape Canaveral Friday night, carrying into orbit a crucial missile warning satellite for the U.S. defense forces to keep watch over potentially dangerous missile launches affecting the U.S. homeland and forces stationed abroad.

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Atlas V grounded by Technical Snag, fouled Range – Next Launch Attempt Friday Night

ULA’s Atlas V rocket stood fully fueled atop its Cape Canaveral launch pad Thursday night, but was grounded late in its countdown due to a technical issue holding up the planned liftoff with a $1.2 billion missile warning satellite and a wayward aircraft causing a violation on the Eastern Range in the day’s last attempt to get the workhorse launcher off the ground.

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