Atlas V Lofts National Security Payload

A powerful Atlas V rocket has launched a national security satellite to orbit.  More »

Delta IV Lofts GPS IIF-5 Satellite

A Delta IV rocket launched GPS IIF-5 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Feb. 20.  More »

Market Forces

Market Forces When the first generation of launch systems were developed, the government was the primary customer of launch services. When the commercial demand for launch services became a significant factor in the 1990s, developers thought that costs could be reduced by using the same systems for both commercial and government needs. This relationship between […]  More »

Launch Vehicles Then and Now: 50 Years of Evolution

Launch Vehicles Then and Now: 50 Years of Evolution The launch industry has come a long way from the risk-filled early forays into space to the well-orchestrated launches of today—and Aerospace has been there, every step of the way. Randy Kendall and Pete Portanova   Early launch systems were far from reliable, but by 1960, […]  More »

Atlas V Boosts Third AEHF to Orbit

An Atlas V rocket boosted the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communications satellite to orbit on Wednesday morning, Sept. 18.  More »

Aerospace Plays Major Role in NASA’s LADEE Mission

The inaugural launch of Orbital Sciences’ Minotaur V rocket on Sept. 6 carried the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft, a mission Aerospace has been supporting for NASA over the past five years.  More »

Research Horizons

Research Horizons Plasma Treatment of Composite Adhesive Bonds The low density of fiber-reinforced composites—along with their adjustable high stiffness and strength—makes them the material of choice for many space applications; however, these materials are susceptible to bond failures caused by deficiencies in surface-preparation techniques. The most common preparation technique relies on mechanical roughening (often sanding), […]  More »

Rocket Plume Analysis Ready for Takeoff

Aerospace scientists are among the very few — and in some areas, the only — researchers studying and dissecting the fiery plumes that shoot from the base of launched rockets.  More »

Atlas V Launches Its Biggest Payload Ever

The most powerful version of the Atlas V rocket lifted the Navy’s second Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) communications satellite to orbit July 19.  More »

Atlas Is Back With GPS

For the first time in 28 years, an Atlas rocket lifted a GPS satellite to orbit on Wednesday, May 15.  More »