Aerospace Highlights

Countdown to Launch: An Epilogue

Posted April 28, 2015

On April 20, the GPS IIF-9 satellite was officially set healthy and operational. It launched March 25 on a Delta IV rocket, but the story didn’t end there.  More »

Iris Jordan Receives Fourth Annual OPRA Award Honors

Posted April 27, 2015

Jordan, administrative specialist, Mission Assessment, Missile Defense and Space Sensor Division, was presented the fourth annual Office Professional Recognition Award (OPRA) for her efforts  More »

Space Symposium Opens in Colorado (updated)

Posted April 14, 2015

The 31st annual Space Symposium officially opened Monday, April 13, in Colorado Springs. As usual, Aerospace was well-represented by a leadership contingent that will meet with government, military, and industry decision-makers.  More »

Breaking Up This Instrument is Hard to Do

Posted April 08, 2015

The first wireless Reentry Breakup Recorder built by Aerospace, which failed to reach the International Space Station last fall due to the explosion of the Antares launch vehicle, came home to El Segundo this week.  More »

Countdown to Launch: Take a Load Off

Posted April 02, 2015

Aerospace performs a significant amount of analysis work for each launch that it supports, including the upcoming GPS IIF-9 mission.  More »

Countdown to Launch: It’s Showtime!

Posted April 01, 2015

For the Aerospace men and women involved in a Delta IV launch, the actual day of the launch is like a final exam on steroids.  More »

Countdown to Launch: Blowing in the Wind

Posted March 31, 2015

In an alcove next to the ground-floor bank of elevators in the Aerospace headquarters building is a locked door with the unobtrusive sign “DOL Winds” (Day of Launch)  More »

Countdown to Launch: Raising the Rocket

Delta IV launch vehicles, such as the one that will boost the GPS IIF-9 satellite to orbit on March 25, are assembled horizontally and transferred to the launch pad, where they are raised into a vertical position and prepared for launch.  More »

Countdown to Launch: Shipping the Satellite

Posted March 25, 2015

A flatbed trailer big-rig pulled out of the Boeing Satellite Development Center on Imperial Highway in El Segundo. The rush hour traffic on Imperial Highway had died down, making it easier to travel the short distance from the world’s largest satellite factory to  More »

Countdown to Launch: Ready for Review

Posted March 24, 2015

As the GPS IIF-9 launch gets closer, it’s necessary to decide whether the rocket and spacecraft are really ready to go. To that end, the Air Force holds a series of reviews to ensure things are going smoothly.  More »

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