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  • From swords to plowshares: History of the Abort Test Booster

    NASA and the U.S. Air Force are preparing to launch the Ascent Abort-2 mission using an Abort Test Booster on July 2 from Space Launch Complex-46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.AA-2 will help pave the path for NASA’s return to the moon under the Artemis program by testing the launch abort system of the Orion multi-purpose crew vehicle, an
  • Launch Complex-46: Facility gets a new mission during SMC’s “Summer of Launch 2019” campaign

    On the pointy end of Cape Canaveral at Latitude 28°27′30″N and Longitude 80°31′42″W stands Launch Complex-46, site for NASA’s July 2 Ascent Abort (AA)-2 test flight.LC-46, the easternmost launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, was last used on Aug. 26, 2017 to support the Operationally Responsive Space-5 launch for U.S. Air Force Space
  • Sitting in the middle of Space History

    When Lt. Col. Ryan Rose sits at her console July 2 supporting NASA’s Ascent Abort (AA)-2 flight test from Launch Complex-46, she’ll be situated right smack in the middle of 50 years of space history — the Hangar AE Control Center.As a member of the AA-2 mission’s senior management team with NASA and contractors, Rose will be the senior Space and
  • Space and Missile Systems Center prepares for July 2 flight test of NASA’s Ascent Abort-2 mission

    NASA, in partnership with the U.S. Air Force and its industry partners, is preparing to launch the Ascent Abort-2 mission on July 2 from Space Launch Complex-46 at 7 a.m. Eastern (4 a.m. Pacific) July 2 from Space Launch Complex-46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Rocket Systems Launch Program
  • Air Force, SpaceX ready to launch first Falcon Heavy mission for Defense Department

    A SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle rolled onto historic Launch Complex 39A during the pre-dawn hours today, in preparation for tonight's Department of Defense’s Space Test Program-2 mission.  The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center manages the Space Test Program on behalf of the Defense Department.STP-2 will be the first DOD mission
  • SMC prepares for “Summer of Launch 19” with four space missions over two-month period

    Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center, the national security space launch procurer of choice, is preparing for a very busy summer of space launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida.Weather or technical issues permitting, in a span of just 31 days over the next two months, SMC’s launch program offices are preparing for four planned
  • SMC ready for 'Summer of Launch' lift off

    Summer 2019 heralds the “Summer of Launch” campaign for the Space and Missile Systems Center.As the nation’s launch vehicle procurer of choice, SMC leads the Department of Defense launch community as the organization prepares for four major milestones over a 31-day period.Space Test Program-2, scheduled to launch on June 24, will be the first DOD
  • Air Force establishes National Security Space Launch program

    The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise Systems Directorate Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program name was officially changed to the National Security Space Launch program today.The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act directed the name change from EELV to NSSL effective March 1, to reflect consideration of both
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