A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket takes off on its 50th mission on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, with the company’s largest payload contract to date – the Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite.
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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Thursday, March 1, 2018, with the GOES-S weather satellite.
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SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 and landed two of the side boosters at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with the GovSat-1 communications satellite on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.
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An Atlas V rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida with an Air Force satellite designed to detect ballistic missile launches on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.
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SpaceX successfully launched the secretive Zuma mission from Cape Canaveral on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 and landed the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage.
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SpaceX launches Hispasat satellite on Falcon 9’s 50th mission
Atlas V launches with GOES-S weather satellite
SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launches from KSC, boosters land at Cape Canaveral
SpaceX Falcon 9 launches from Cape Canaveral with satellite
Atlas V launches from Cape Canaveral with missile detection satellite
Watch SpaceX launch the secretive Zuma mission and nail the landing
Industry titans United Launch Alliance and SpaceX recently secured nearly $650 million in Air Force launch contracts, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.
Colorado-based ULA was awarded a $355 million contract for its launch services to deliver two Air Force Space Command spacecraft, labeled AFSPC-8 and AFSPC-12, to orbit. The missions are expected to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station by June 2020 and March 2020, respectively.
“United Launch Alliance is honored to be selected to launch these critical national security satellites for our country,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “Reliably launching our customer’s missions remains our top priority like we have for the more than 125 successful missions we have launched.”
SpaceX, meanwhile, secured a $290 million contract to launch three next-generation Global Positioning System satellites for the Air Force, known as GPS III. The first is expected to launch from the Space Coast by March 2020, either from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 40 or Kennedy Space Center’s pad 39A.
“SpaceX is pleased with the Air Force’s decision to select us for all five of the GPS III missions competed to date,” said Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX president and chief operating officer. “We
The announcement to give SpaceX three additional national security launches comes exactly a
Also announced Wednesday: SpaceX’s selection to launch two satellites for DigitalGlobe, a satellite imagery company, on Falcon 9 rockets in 2021. Previously flown versions of the rockets, also known as “flight proven,” will take the first batch of the multi-satellite WorldView Legion constellation to orbit.
“We appreciate DigitalGlobe selecting two flight-proven Falcon 9’s to reliably deliver their satellites to orbit,” Shotwell said in a statement released by Maxar, DigitalGlobe’s parent company.
Next Space Coast launch: Monday, April 2
- Rocket: SpaceX Falcon 9
- Mission: International Space Station resupply
- Launch Time: 4:30 p.m.
- Launch Window: Instantaneous
- Launch Complex: 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
- Weather: Forecast expected three days before launch
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