United Launch Alliance (ULA)'s Atlas V 401 rocket has launched the classified NROL-55 mission including spy satellites for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).
ULA has collaborated with the NRO Office of Space Launch and the Air Force on the integration and launch of the NROL-55 spacecraft to orbit with Atlas V vehicle.
Even though the mission’s primary payload was not announced, ULA did mention that 13 CubeSats shared a ride with the booster’s precious cargo. This was part of the NRO’s Government Rideshare Advanced Concepts Experiment (GRACE) auxiliary payload initiative.
Nine of these tiny spacecraft were sponsored by the NRO and four of them through NASA.
The GRACE portion of the mission will travel in the Atlas V’s Aft Bulkhead Carrier, which is in the rear of the rocket’s Centaur upper stage.
GRACE is the name of the NRO auxiliary payload that saw a total of 13 CubeSats, nine sponsored by the NRO and four sponsored by NASA, to orbit on this morning’s flight. The NRO has conducted similar rideshare efforts in 2012, 2013, and earlier this year.
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket successfully launched the ninth Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite on Wednesdays for the US Air Force. This mission was launched aboard a Delta IV Medium-plus (4,2) configuration Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) using a single ULA common booster core powered by an Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-68 main engine, along with two Orbital ATK GEM-60 solid rocket motors
The United Launch Alliance is readying to send one of its Atlas V rockets to space to launch a classified reconnaissance satellite. The satellite is designed and operated by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), which is part of the US intelligence program
Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) has won a first order to provide its maritime autonomous mission system for an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) application. As part of this contract, for an undisclosed naval customer in the Middle East, the company will deliver two optionally manned ARCIMS ( Atlas Remote-Combined Influence Minesweeping System) vehicles
United Launch Services has been awarded an $860 million contract for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle launch capability for the Delta IV and Atlas V families of launch vehicles. Contractor will provide launch capability options, including launch capability, mission integration, base and range support, maintenance commodities, Delta depreciation, and Atlas depreciation, US department of defense said in a statement last Saturday
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