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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
  • GPS III Space Vehicle 02 encapsulated ahead of planned July launch

    The Air Force’s Lockheed Martin-built Global Positioning System III satellite was encapsulated within the United Launch Alliance (ULA) payload fairing at Astrotech June 26 in preparation for its upcoming launch next month at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The USAF Space and Missile Systems Center, home to the vanguard of satellite
  • First Falcon Heavy mission for Defense Department successfully launched

    The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center and its mission partners, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, successfully launched the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program-2 mission from the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A at 2:30 a.m. EDT on June 25 (11:30 p.m. Pacific, June 24).STP-2 is the first
  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy readies for its first joint DOD/NASA/NOAA mission: Air Force kicks off “Summer of Launch ‘19” campaign

    A SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle has rolled onto historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center, in preparation for this evening’s launch of the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission.This exciting mission is a collaborative effort of the newly formed functional corps of the U.S. Air Force’s Space and
  • 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
  • Companies Offered an Opportunity to Make Pitches to the Air Force

    On Nov. 6, in San Francisco, Air Force Pitch Day for Space will continue the Air Force’s initiative to demonstrate a faster and smarter strategy in technology investments and partnerships with small businesses. As critical sources of innovative new ideas and solutions, the Air Force invites small businesses to come pitch their new technology
  • 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
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