Tag Archives: EELV

Report: Air Force to Award Next Set of Commercial Launch Service Agreements

The U.S. Air Force could award a new set of Launch Service Agreements sometime during August, one month later than scheduled, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. The military service aims to select two domestic commercial launch service providers that can cover national security missions and send heavy and complex payloads to space. Northrop Grumman‘s innovation …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Equipment Supports NRO Natl Defense Payload Launch

Aerojet Rocketdyne supplied equipment to support the deployment of a classified National Reconnaissance Office satellite which flew onboard a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV rocket. The NROL-47 national defense mission satellite was launched with the help of an Aerojet Rocketdyne-developed RS-68A booster engine, RL10B-2 upper stage engine, 14 helium pressurization tanks and …

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ULA’s Delta IV Sends NRO National Defense Payload to Space

A National Reconnaissance Office payload lifted off Friday at 2:11 p.m. Pacific time aboard a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV rocket as part of the NROL-47 national defense mission. Will Crawford, NRO program manager at ULA, said in a statement published Friday the payload’s launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California marks the Boeing–Lockheed Martin joint venture’s 27th NRO …

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SpaceX Gets USAF Contract Modification to Continue Rocket Engine Tech Devt

Space Exploration Technologies has received a $40.8 million contract modification to further develop a rocket propulsion system prototype for the U.S. Air Force‘s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. The Defense Department said Thursday SpaceX will continue development of the Raptor engine technology through April 30, 2018, under the modification. USAF awarded the company a $61.4 million …

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Air Force Sends Lockheed-Built SBIRS GEO 3 Satellite Into Space

A third Lockheed Martin-built missile warning satellite launched atop United Launch Alliance‘s Atlas V evolved expendable launch vehicle Friday evening from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite is designed to provide battlespace awareness efforts of U.S. combatant commanders, intelligence organizations and allies globally, …

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