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  • Minotaur IV rocket successfully launches NRO payload

    The U.S. Space Force successfully launched a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office aboard a Minotaur IV rocket at 9:46 a.m. EST (6:46 a.m. Pacific) today from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.This mission, named NROL-129, was the first USSF launch and the NRO’s first dedicated launch from WFF. The launch vehicle, built
  • Weather and Minotaur IV rocket are "Go" for July 15 morning launch of NROL-129 mission

    The upcoming National Reconnaissance Office Launch (NROL)-129 mission is scheduled to lift off at 9 a.m. EST (6 a.m. Pacific) July 15 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0B at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.   Latest weather briefings issued today from Wallops Island is “looking good,” with only a 10 percent Probability of
  • USSF-7 mission director reflects upon 28.5 year space career

    Thirty years ago as an Air Force ROTC cadet at the University of Washington, Col. Shane Clark had no idea how his career would turn out, or the circuitous route he would take to where he is today as mission director for the launch of the U.S. Space Force's USSF-7, and the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle for the Department of the Air Force's Rapid
  • Department of the Air Force commissioned RAND Space Launch Market Report released

    Last summer, the Department of the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center Launch Enterprise requested a RAND Corp. study of the heavy lift launch market. The RAND study, released today, confirms the heavy lift launch market is unlikely to support more than two U.S. launch providers in the long term, and highlights the short term schedule
  • New decade heralds new era for SMC’s Launch Enterprise

    The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise capped off another decade of tremendous success for the nation’s premier launch acquirer in 2019.“Our National Security Space Launch program successfully launched four National Security Space missions last year and maintained its perfect mission success record, which now stands at 78 of 78
  • Space and Missile Systems Center’s multi-manifest satellite vehicle ready for integration on AEHF-6 mission

    The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise Mission Manifest Office delivered a fully tested and integrated multi-manifest small satellite vehicle, known as TDO-2, to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station March 6 for integration on the Advance Extremely High Frequency (AEHF)-6 mission.AEHF-6, slated for liftoff aboard a United Launch
  • Space and Missile Systems Center’s Integration Partners: Breaking down barriers to space

    Representatives from the Space and Missile Systems Center joined company officials Feb. 27 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, officially opening a new small satellite integration facility in Torrance, California, operated by Parsons Corporation.“The Space and Missile Systems Center is the U.S. Space Force's center of acquisition excellence for
  • Space and Missile Systems Center hosts British Defense and Space delegation

    Sir Stephen Lovegrove, the United Kingdom’s Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Defense and his delegation, toured the Space and Missile Systems Center Feb. 21 during a fact-gathering visit on future partnerships with SMC.As the Permanent Secretary, Sir Stephen is the British government’s principal civilian advisor on defense, has primary
  • GPS III Space Vehicle 03 safely arrives in Florida

    The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center successfully delivered the third GPS III satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Feb. 5, 2020.GPS III Space Vehicle (SV) 03 was safely transported from the Lockheed Martin facility in Waterton, Colorado to Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida. The satellite,
  • Risk reduction test of ground-launched ballistic missile successful

    The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, in partnership with the Strategic Capabilities Office, successfully conducted a flight test of a prototype conventionally-configured ground-launched ballistic missile Dec. 12. The mission served as a risk reduction demonstration for the development of future intermediate range capabilities
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