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United Launch Alliance’s busy year ahead
« on: 01/04/2016 06:34 PM »
They need a faultless year with competition hotting up.

Some of America’s most critical surveillance satellites, final members of other spacecraft series and a probe that will touch an asteroid are among 15 rocket flights planned by United Launch Alliance in 2016.

It will be the 10th anniversary year for ULA, the launch firm that flies Atlas 5, Delta 4 and Delta 2 rockets from Cape Canaveral in Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

A record-setting eleven Atlas 5 launches are slated to occur, nine from the Cape and two from Vandenberg. Four Delta 4 launches are planned, three from the Cape and one from Vandenberg. No Delta 2s will launch in 2016.

The constellations of Block 2F series of Global Positioning System navigation satellites for the Air Force and the Navy’s Mobile User Objective System communications spacecraft will be completed this year by Atlas 5 rocket launches.

In addition to the Navy’s mobile communications system, launches to bolster the Defense Department’s Wideband Global SATCOM and Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite networks are scheduled, too.

There’s also another commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station with the Cygnus ship planned.

On the national security surveillance front, four launches of classified payloads for the National Reconnaissance Office, the next SBIRS Geosynchronous missile-warning satellite and the another pair of Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program, or GSSAP, spacecraft are manifested.

The scientific highlight will be the launch of NASA’s Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft to rendezvous with an asteroid and return samples to Earth.

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Re: United Launch Alliance’s busy year ahead
« Reply #1 on: 01/04/2016 06:48 PM »
Same for the competition....