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ULA Stops Selling Atlas Rocket Launches

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    ULA stops selling its centerpiece Atlas V, setting path for the rocket’s retirement

    Recently, the United Launch Alliance made a historic announcement signaling the end of an era. The company’s chief executive, Tory Bruno confirmed that it won't be selling any more of its workhorse Atlas V rockets, and it has stopped buying the launch vehicle’s Russian-made rocket engines for good.
    ULA’s decision sets up the retirement of one of the US government’s most trusted launch vehicles and is expected to mark the end for Russia’s iconic - but controversial - RD-180 engine, an engineering marvel and a core source of revenue for Russia’s space program.

    So Why? What really happened with Atlas V rockets?

    “We’re done. They’re all sold,” CEO Tory Bruno said of ULA’s Atlas V rockets in an interview.
    ULA, a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, has 29 Atlas V missions left before it retires sometime in the mid-2020s and transitions to its upcoming Vulcan rocket, Bruno said.
    It will only take the remaining Atlas V missions including a mix of undisclosed commercial customers and some for the Space Force, NASA, and Amazon’s budding broadband satellite constellation, Project Kuiper.

    By the way, the Retirement of the Delta IV family as a whole is anticipated in 2024. Atlas and Delta have some incredible heritage and history behind them. They have been the core of rocket launches in the US. As excited as I am for Vulcan, I'm really sad to see Atlas go.

    First launched in 2002, the expendable Atlas V launcher was the centerpiece vehicle that helped cement ULA’s near-monopoly on national security satellite missions and some of NASA’s biggest space exploration initiatives, including all of the agency’s robotic missions to Mars. But when the US sanctioned Russia over its annexation of Crimea in 2014, Congress directed the Air Force to end its reliance on Atlas V because of its Russian-made RD-180 engines. Current law requires the Space Force (which manages much of the launch-related duties that used to be under the Air Force) to stop using Atlas V for Pentagon launches by 2022.

    Bruno said three or four RD-180s are installed on Atlas V rockets for upcoming missions, and the rest are sitting in a warehouse. “We took early delivery, if you will, with the RD-180, so I can end that relationship and not be dependent upon [Russia] because that’s what Congress asked us to do,” he said. In all, the US has taken delivery of 122 RD-180 engines, generating billions in revenue for Russia’s space program.
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  • Why This Rocket Went Sideways Off The Launch Pad


    Astra is a rocket builder that is aiming to handle the smallest payloads with their tiny launch vehicle which weighs less than 10 tons. Over the last few years they've got progressively closer to demonstrating an orbital launch capability. They'd been very secretive up to this point and this was the first live stream of one of their launches.

    However things didn't go according to plan and the rocket took a bizarre trajectory off the launch pad, slipping sideways before starting to rise, ultimately reaching almost 50 kilometers before falling back into the Pacific ocean.

    The launch footage was produced in collaboration with NasaSpaceFlight

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  • ULA Stops Selling Atlas Rocket Launches


    The Atlas rocket traces its ancestry back to the 1950's, it's been at the core of the US space capabilities, carrying historic payloads for NASA, the DoD and commercial partners.
    This week ULA made it clear that it has no more Atlas rockets for sale as it move to transition to Vulcan which is not reliant on engines from Russia.

    There are 29 launches left, which is likely more than some 'new' rockets, but this decade should see the final flights of Atlas, Delta and Proton - all historic vehicles with their roots in the cold war.

  • Rocket Report: Alpha launches and then blows up, ULA to stop selling Atlas V


    The Federal Aviation Administration released its final environmental assessment last Friday, finding no significant impact for Virgin Orbit to conduct launches using its Boeing 747-400 carrier aircraft and LauncherOne rocket from Andersen Air Force Base in the US territory of Guam.The launch of an Atlas V rocket and its Landsat 9 satellite from Vandenberg Space Force Base will have to wait at least a week due to liquid nitrogen delivery delays blamed on the COVID-19 public health crisis, Noozhawk reports .
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    A quickie with the pronunciation of all the Russian space-related terms in Scott Manley's latest video.

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  • ULA goes all in on Blue Origin?! Tory Bruno retires Atlas V in his biggest gamble ever!


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  • ULA Atlas V During Launch Vehicle on Stand


    The Atlas V first stage is hoisted aboard the Mobile Launch Platform (MLP) at the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) to begin preparations to launch the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on its Orbital Flight Test for NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

  • ULA is Go for Launch!


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  • Watch ULA launch a secret satellite on their Atlas V for the NRO


    United Launch Alliance (ULA) will use an Atlas V rocket in the 531 configuration to support and deliver a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) – NROL-101. Atlas V is scheduled to liftoff from Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) located in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA.

    As other National Reconnaissance Missions are, the public, and even some members of ULA, are kept out of the loop about the payload. Government satellites are mostly highly classified due to their technologically advanced nature. The United States government aims to keep this information within the United States as it is highly valuable to world success.

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  • Why A Project NASA Rejected Became Their Longest Running Satellite Program


    Landsat 9 launched yesterday becoming the latest installment in the program which began in the 1960's and the funny thing is NASA initially didn't want to do it and there's been attempts to spin it off as a commercial venture. However the program is easily the best investment in space technology the US has made, helping steer trillions of dollars worth of decisions on agriculture, land use, development and more.

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  • Astra rocket suffers anomaly during orbital launch attempt


    Space startup Astra attempted to launch their 43-foot-tall (13 meters) Launch Vehicle 006 from Alaska on Aug. 28, 2021. It suffered an anomaly after failed to reach orbit. It was carrying a mass-simulator test payload for the Department of Defense's Space Test Program. Full Story:

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  • ULA #Vulcan ready to test, 3.5 million pounds of thrust capable structure at Dynetics


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    Video from getting ready to test Vulcan ‘s thrust structure at Dynetics. This light weight, finely tuned, and perfectly designed set of rings And trusses conveys 3.5 million pounds of thrust into the rest of the rocket’s structure.

  • COVID-19 oxygen demand delaying launches from SpaceX and ULA


    A pandemic-triggered shortage of oxygen across the nation has rippled out to spaceflight companies like SpaceX and United Launch Alliance, officials confirmed this week, and is part of the reason for the Space Coast’s months-long launch drought, reports News 6 partner Florida Today.

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  • Rocket Theater LIVE: ULA Atlas V USSF-7 - Launch Success


    Join Ryan and MaryLiz moments before liftoff at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for an interactive discussion and a behind-the-scenes up-close view as they use telescope cameras to track the Atlas V USSF-7 mission.

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  • REPLAY: Astra Rocket launches sideways, terminated at 30 km!


    1 second after ignition, 1 of the 5 first-stage engines failed. There also may have been an umbilical disconnection issue during liftoff. The rocket hovered sideways as it slowly departed the pad, but the guidance computer was miraculously able to regain stability. The rocket proceeded to ascend for 2.5 minutes to around 35 km, but because it had deviated from its target trajectory, mission controllers issued a flight termination command which extinguished all of the engines, at which point the rocket tumbled out of control.

    Launch site: Pacific Spaceport Complex, Kodiak Island, Alaska
    Destination: Low Earth Orbit (did not reach)
    Astra Space attempted to launch their Rocket 3.3 with a test payload STP-27AD1 for the U.S. Space Force and the Space Test Program. The launch attempt on Aug 27 was automatically aborted at T - 0 seconds by the guidance computer, even as the engine ignited. The actual launch (and failure) took place on Aug 28.

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  • Will Blue Origin delay ULA Vulcan first flight ?


    ULA Vulcan first flight is scheduled for the end of the year, or probably the beginning of 2022. But something is still missing on the rocket: no motor has been delivered by Blue Origin so far. The BE-4 engines were supposed to be ready by 2017, very much ahead of Vulcan's first flight. ULA chose Blue Origin just for this reason, and now they might be regretting it!

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    3:27 A backward process that could doom Vulcan

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    Vulcan will not fly in 2021 because Blue Origin could not deliver the BE-4 engines in time. How Blue Origin Is Delaying Vulcan First Flight, As Expected - that's what we are reviewing in detail here.
    But that's not just Vulcan first Flight, all other flights might soon have to be delayed too. And lots of these are for the US military. Therefore Blue Origin might be threatening US National Security. Ok, that's a bit of a stretch here. But the Space Force really is not happy with that!

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    9: The Apollo 1 Fire
    On January 27, 1967, a flash fire engulfed the Apollo 1 command module during a rehearsal launch test, and despite the emergency procedures in place and the assistance of the ground crew, all men inside the module burned up as if someone had trapped them inside of an oven. It was one of the biggest setbacks in the space program near the end of the 60s. It took over 18 months before NASA felt confident to send any additional men into space.

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    4: Cosmos 1
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    2: GOES-G
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    The disaster of the Soyuz 11 mission didn't have so much to do with a rocket failing as much as it had to do with a serious lack of oxygen. The Soyuz 11 mission had actually been going very well, after the team had spent 23 days in orbit and occupied the first space station in history. This was back in 1971. Unfortunately, when the astronauts aboard the Soyuz 11 returned to earth, they were discovered dead.

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  • Astras Rocket 3.3 launches perfectly with no issues whatsoever


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  • Firefly’s deleted launch failure clip


    This clip was deleted by firefly minutes after it was uploaded. It shows that a engine failed under 20 seconds after ignition and the full failure.

  • Magnetic Multiscale mission previewed


    A pre-launch news briefing on March 10 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida previewed the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, set to lift off at 10:44 p.m. EDT Thursday, March 12 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. MMS will study magnetic reconnection, a fundamental process that occurs throughout the universe when magnetic fields connect and disconnect explosively, releasing energy and accelerating particles up to nearly the speed of light.

  • Astra Rocket 3.1 Destroyed After Losing Control


    After their near brush with livestreaming a rocket launch Astra have returned to stealth mode while continuing to develop their launch vehicle. Their 4th attempt to launch ended in failure after 25 seconds when the guidance system was unable to keep the rocket on course resulting in the flight termination system ending the flight.
    The booster and second stage fell back to earth with a fiery explosion.

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  • SpaceX Starlink 23 Launch ???? Live


    Starlink-23 will lift off from SLC-40. Cape Canaveral, on a Falcon 9 rocket. In the weeks following deployment, the 60 Starlink satellites will use their onboard ion thrusters to reach their operational altitude of 550 km.

    This will be the 7th flight of B1058. B1058 holds the bragging rights for launching the first crewed orbital mission in the US since the end of the Space Shuttle era in 2011. It was the first Falcon 9 booster to fly a 'Transporter' rideshare mission with a record 143 satellites. It carried SpaceX's 100th successful Falcon 9 launch (CRS-21, December 6th 2020). It carried the first upgraded Cargo Dragon v.2. It's the quickest booster to reach 3 flights - in only 129 days. During the ANASIS-II flight, it achieved record (for the time) turnaround of 51 days. This was also the first SpaceX launch, where both fairing halves were successfully caught on the Ms Tree & Ms Chief boats. It launched a total of 130 Starlink sats, which includes two batches of 60 for Starlink 12 & 20, as well as 10 more on the Transporter-1 mission. Hopefully, B1058 will perform its seventh successful recovery on a droneship, approximately 633 km downrange in the Atlantic ocean.

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  • GAME OVER! Blue Origin Is A Complete Failure?!


    Matthew Cable:

    First of all, Bezos personally is no stranger to success. He controls Amazon, the biggest online commerce store ever known to man, which he founded. Of course he is stepping down from the role of CEO later this year but he is doing so as the richest man on earth. Bezos also has a media empire with his ownership of The Washington Post.
    Coming down to Blue Origin, a commercial space flight company the billionaire founded in 2000, success is not completely unheard of there either. The company is on record to have successfully landed its New Shepard rocket vertically, after it returned from space, that is, the rocket landed upright on its legs. The boosters were even reused.
    Pretty cool achievement.
    Sadly, that’s all Blue Origin can boast of, despite the backing of its billionaire founder. Perhaps that is about to change as Bezos has announced he would be focusing on the company after retiring from Amazon.
    The Story of New Shepard
    That singular triumph with the New Shepard quickly pales when compared with the competition. Its biggest rival, SpaceX, which was founded two years after Blue Origin, can boast of completing more than 100 missions that reached right into space and with a reusable rocket called the Falcon 9. It has even transported NASA’s astronauts into space. The New Shepard didn’t even get to space proper and had no crew.
    Smaller companies are even overtaking Blue Origin. Rocket Lab, with not as much publicity, has nearly finished the design of its Electron rocket, using cheaper engines that are 3D printed. The startup has the edge of being able to move fast and has completed no less 18 missions, missions that delivered real satellites into space. Rocket Labs is even talking about sending a probe to Venus in a few years.
    Blue Origin has been chasing after human spaceflight as a leisure activity. Of course that would be the preserve of the stinking rich, but that is if Bezos can actually pull it off.
    That was the original purpose of New Shepard, to take adrenaline junkies with deep pockets to suborbital space in batches of six, where they will bask in the euphoria of weightlessness and take in the wonderful sight of the planet earth from that vantage point all for a grand total of…a few minutes.
    New Shepard was supposed to have its first crewed flight in 2019 but that never happened. If Blue Origin hoped it would happen in 2020, the pandemic curtailed that as the company had to shelf most of its launch activities. Even 2021 is looking doubtful for the crewed flight planned for the rocket.
    The Glenn Disappoints
    Enters New Glenn, Amazon’s two-stage rocket. It stands tall at 98 meters and was named after the first American to circle the earth, astronaut John Glenn.
    New Glenn would be capable of hauling 50 tons payloads to low Earth orbits, and it would serve to carry people to space as well. The boosters will come back to the earth, landing on a ship just like its rival’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets do.
    The heavy-lift rocket was scheduled for maiden flight late 2021 but that has been confirmed not to be happening. Blue Origin has had to revise its schedule to late 2022 and that was because, as a company rep puts it:
    “This updated maiden flight target follows the recent Space Force decision to not select New Glenn for the National Security Space Launch (NSSL) Phase 2 Launch Services Procurement (LSP)… New Glenn is proceeding to fulfill its current commercial contracts, pursue a large and growing commercial market, and enter into new civil space launch contracts. We hope to launch NSSL payloads in the future, and remain committed to serving the U.S. national defense mission”
    What really transpired was that Blue Origin lost the Space Force contract to the partnership of SpaceX and United Launch Alliance. Northrop Grumman also lost out.
    But if it is any consolation, NASA recently made Blue Origin’s New Glenn eligible to compete for contracts under the agency's Launch Services II program, which applies to launches through December 2027, but it would still have to get past SpaceX before landing any contract, something that is proving to be a herculean task.

    The egg-on-the-face that was the Project Kuiper
    Perhaps as a sign of no confidence in Blue Origin, Amazon is not using any rocket from its sister company to launch the first of its over 3000 satellite network for its Project Kuiper.
    Project Kuiper is planned to provide affordable broadband services for customers and communities around the world, just like SpaceX is doing with its Starlink broadband project, with more than 1,300 satellites launched already.
    Amazon would rather contract the first nine launches out to United Launch Alliance, which will be using its Atlas V rockets for the propulsion.

  • Is It Possible to Fly A Rocket To Space Without Autopilot?


    Hundreds of missions have flown humans to orbit over the last 60 years, and while every one has had a pilot in command, none of them have actually had the pilot taking manual control of the ascent into orbit. In the early rockets this wasn't even possible, but the Apollo program and Space shuttle both had a backup capability which allowed limited manual control of the vehicle during the critical launch phase.
    However, for suborbital flights there's over a dozen pilots who flew to space and back without a computer to guide them.

  • ULA Atlas V AFSPC-5 launch


    Rocket/Payload: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 501 will launch the AFSPC-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force.

    Date/Site/Launch Time: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The launch windows are 11:05-11:15 a.m. and 12:42-12:52 p.m. EDT.

    AFSPC-5 is carrying OTV-4 for the U.S. Air Force in support of national security.

    The Atlas V vehicle will also launch an Aft Bulkhead Carrier (ABC) containing eight P-Pods will release 10 CubeSats. Following primary spacecraft separation the Centaur will change altitude and inclination in order to release the CubeSat spacecraft which are sponsored by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The ten CubeSats were developed by the U.S. Naval Academy, the Aerospace Corporation, the Air Force Research Laboratory, California Polytechnic State University, and Planetary Society.

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  • SpaceX - Lift & NOT Load


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  • Boeings Starliner Launch to the International Space Station


    Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft launched aboard an Atlas V rocket on an Orbital Flight Test at 6:36 a.m. EST, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. The spacecraft had an off-nominal orbit insertion, but was placed in a safe orbit and configuration and landed at White Sands, New Mexico on Dec. 22. Watch the landing:

  • Alan Stern: What If We Return to Pluto?


    Alan Stern is a planetary scientist who led NASA’s New Horizons mission, which successfully explored the Pluto system and is now exploring the Kuiper Belt – the farthest exploration in the history of humankind. He spoke at Purdue University on October 10, 2019, presenting on the topic What If We Return to Pluto? as part of the university’s year-long 150th celebration. He was introduced by Steven Collicott, a Purdue professor of aeronautics and astronautics.

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  • Why won’t Starship have an abort system? Should it?!


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    3:05 - How abort systems work
    5:25 - Space Shuttle Safety Margins
    10:40 - What Made the Space Shuttle so Dangerous?
    16:00 - How Starship Will Differ from the Space Shuttle
    21:00 - Engine Reliability
    30:25 - Starship Abort Options
    34:30 - Do Abort Systems Actually Make a Rocket Safer?
    38:55 - How to Improve Rocket Safety Without an Abort System
    41:50 - Are Launch Abort Systems Necessary for Human Spaceflight

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  • Astra Test Flight Anomaly


    Video form and Astra of the anomaly of the rocket launch.

  • Astra Space Rocket suffers anomaly But Success Launch Attempt


    It was a sigh to view Space startup Astra attempted launch of their 43-foot-tall (13 meters) Launch Vehicle 006 from Alaska on Aug. 28, 2021. It suffered an anomaly after Main Engine Cutoff (MECO). It was carrying a mass-simulator test payload for the Department of Defense's Space Test Program.

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  • China On Mars Before NASA & Starship SN5 To Hop


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    0:00 Intro: We explain the Starship SN5 test schedule, new launch date of NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission, China's upcoming Mars launch and much more!
    1:12 As for SpaceX Starship news, raptor engine SN27 has been installed onto Starship SN5. We expect to see the next SpaceX raptor engine test with Starship SN5, and maybe even a 150 m Starship hopping test this week.
    2:29 An Elon Musk Starship update presentation is expected to take place in September 2020, reporting the progress of Starship / Super Heavy at SpaceX Boca Chica facility, as well as updates on the famous Elon Musk Mars timeline.
    2:59 NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission won't launch until 30th July on a ULA Atlas V rocket.
    3:51 China plans to launch their 2020 Mars mission, including a Mars lander and a Mars rover, before NASA's Perseverance rover mission.
    5:08 Blue Origin delivered the first BE-4 engine for the ULA Vulcan rocket.
    5:48 Boeing and NASA's SLS rocket is undergoing green run tests, while NASA ordered more SLS rocket boosters for their Artemis moon mission.
    7:31 As for more Starship SpaceX update, Dr. Robert Zubrin believes that SpaceX Starship could land NASA astronauts on Mars by 2030.
    8:50 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched the first mission of the US Space Force. We expect to see Space Force utilize SpaceX Starship / Super Heavy for their future missions once SpaceX Starship development progresses further at SpaceX Boca Chica facility.
    9:55 ESA plans to start working on a fully reusable Ariane 7 rocket, copying the success and launch cost efficiency of SpaceX.
    11:27 Lightsail 2 successfully completed its mission of demonstrating controlled solar sail propulsion.
    12:32 NASA's JPL is working on a steam-powered robotic concept, Sparrow, to explore the water reserves on Jupiter's moon Europa and Saturn's moon Enceladus.

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