Tag Archives: Vandenberg Air Force Base

General Atomics Taps Firefly Aerospace to Launch NASA Payload for Aerosols Study Mission

General Atomics

General Atomics' electromagnetic systems business has selected Firefly Aerospace to perform launch services for a GA-EMS satellite carrying an instrument that NASA will use to study how aerosols in the atmosphere affect human health. Firefly will use its Alpha rocket to launch the Orbital Test Bed satellite, equipped with the Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols instrument, in 2022 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, General Atomics said Thursday.

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Launch Vehicle Developer Firefly Aerospace Looks to Raise $350M in Funding Round; Tom Markusic Quoted

Tom Markusic CEO Firefly Aerospace

Firefly Aerospace plans to raise $350 million in funds to ramp up production, advance long-term growth initiatives and further develop a larger launch vehicle, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. Tom Markusic, CEO of Firefly Aerospace, said the company would use $125 million of the funds to support “product enhancements” such as tooling and facilities to scale up the production of its launch vehicles.

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Boeing-Led Team Conducts Missile Defense System Dual Interceptor Test

A Boeing-led industry team and the Missile Defense Agency launched two ground-based interceptors to counter an intercontinental ballistic missile target during a test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system. Boeing said Monday one interceptor zeroed in on the ICBM target in space and the second GBI observed the intercept before homing in on additional debris as part of the “two-shot salvo” engagement test.

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Final Iridium NEXT Satellite Batch Launches Aboard SpaceX Rocket; Matt Desch Quoted

Iridium Communications’ final and eighth batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites launched Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard SpaceX’s previously flown Falcon 9 rocket. Iridium said Friday the satellites, which were fielded to orbital plane three, established communications with its satellite network operations facility after launch and are set to enter the first on-orbit testing phase.

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Matt Desch: Iridium Considers Final ‘NEXT’ Satellite Launch an ‘Important Milestone’

Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch has said the company considers the upcoming launch of the last and eighth batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites as “the most important milestone of all,” Via Satellite reported Thursday. The Iridium-8 mission is now scheduled to launch Tuesday, Jan. 8, aboard a SpaceX rocket from Vandenberg …

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ULA Sets Dec. 18 as New Launch Date for NRO Mission

United Launch Alliance rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 18, the launch of a National Reconnaissance Office payload aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket. The NROL-71 mission will still lift off from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as originally planned, the company said Thursday. ULA initially scheduled the …

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SSL Ships Planet’s Two SkySat Imaging Satellites to Vandenberg Air Force Base; Dario Zamarian Quoted

Maxar Technologies’ SSL subsidiary has delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California two Earth observation satellites the company built for Planet. The SSL-made SkySat 14 and 15 will fly aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket as part of Spaceflight’s maiden Sun Synchronous rideshare mission for Planet’s constellation that works to provide …

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Matt Desch: Iridium Targets Dec. 30 for Final ‘NEXT’ Satellite Launch

Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch has said the company plans to launch on Dec. 30 the final batch of Iridium NEXT satellites aboard a SpaceX-built Falcon 9 rocket, Teslarati reported Thursday. Desch said in a tweet the Iridium-8 mission will take off aboard Falcon 9’s previously-flown booster from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. He noted the B1049.2 …

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