Launch Services Program

NASA, US and European Partners Launch Mission to Monitor Global Ocean

Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 7:17pm

After arriving in orbit, the spacecraft separated from the rocket's second stage and unfolded its twin sets of solar arrays.

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  • After arriving in orbit, the spacecraft separated from the rocket's second stage and unfolded its twin sets of solar arrays.
  • Ground controllers successfully acquired the satellite's signal, and initial telemetry reports showed the spacecraft in good health.
  • His close family and friends attended the launch of the satellite that now carries his name.
  • The launch is managed by NASA's Launch Services Program, based at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for IMAP Mission

Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 12:11am

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency's Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission, which includes four secondary payloads.

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  • WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency's Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission, which includes four secondary payloads.
  • The total cost for NASA to launch IMAP and the secondary payloads is approximately $109.4 million, which includes the launch service and other mission related costs.
  • The IMAP mission is targeted to launch in October 2024 on a Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
  • NASA's Launch Services Program at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will manage the SpaceX launch service.

NASA Invites Media to Launch of Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite from West Coast

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 11:32pm

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Media accreditation is open for the launch of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, an international collaboration between NASA and several partners.

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  • WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Media accreditation is open for the launch of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, an international collaboration between NASA and several partners.
  • Sentinel-6 will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4 at VAFB.
  • The launch is managed by NASA's Launch Services Program ,based at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NASA will credential a limited number of media to cover the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich launch from VAFB.

United Launch Alliance Atlas V Successfully Launches Mars 2020 Mission for NASA

Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 7:41pm

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., July 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Mars 2020 mission with the Perseverance rover for NASA, lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on July 30 at 7:50 a.m. EDT.

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  • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., July 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Mars 2020 mission with the Perseverance rover for NASA, lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on July 30 at 7:50 a.m. EDT.
  • The launch of this mission marks ULA's 20th trip to the red planet and the 85th successful launch of an Atlas V rocket.
  • "The complexity of the Mars 2020 mission proves ULA's acceptance of the most challenging launch requirements and we work togetherwith NASA to achieve them.
  • NASA's Launch Services Program (LSP) at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Floridaselected United Launch Alliance's (ULA's) proven Atlas V vehicle for this mission andis responsible for management and oversight of the Atlas V launch services.LSP selected this rocket because it has the right liftoff capability for the "heavy weight" requirements for NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover launch.

Relativity Space Expands Footprint Via Launch Site at Vandenberg Air Force Base

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 2:00pm

Relativity Space, the first company to utilize 3D printing, robotics and AI to reinvent aerospace manufacturing, extended its launch capabilities via a Right of Entry Agreement with the United States Air Force, 30th Space Wing for development of rocket launch facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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  • Relativity Space, the first company to utilize 3D printing, robotics and AI to reinvent aerospace manufacturing, extended its launch capabilities via a Right of Entry Agreement with the United States Air Force, 30th Space Wing for development of rocket launch facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
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    Rendering of potentialfuture Vandenberg launch site (Photo: Business Wire)
    Were honored to begin this partnership with the 30th Space Wing and join the exclusive group of private space companies able to conduct launches at Vandenberg, says Tim Ellis, CEO of Relativity.
  • Vandenberg Air Force Base is the home of the 30th Space Wing, which manages the Department of Defenses space and missile testing, as well as satellite launches into polar and sun sync orbits from the West Coast.
  • We look forward to working with Relativity as its West Coast launch partner for many years to come, stated Colonel Anthony J. Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander, Vandenberg Air Force Base.

NASA to Hold Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Launch Briefing

Monday, June 15, 2020 - 9:06pm

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --NASA leadership and a panel of scientists and engineers will preview NASA's next mission to the Red Planet, the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, at a media briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 17.

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  • WASHINGTON, June 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --NASA leadership and a panel of scientists and engineers will preview NASA's next mission to the Red Planet, the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, at a media briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 17.
  • The live briefing will stream on Facebook , Ustream , YouTube , Twitter , NASA Television and the agency's website .
  • Omar Baez, launch director in NASA's Launch Services Program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • The launch is managed by NASA's Launch Services Program .It will land at Mars' Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021.

NASA Invites Media to Launch of Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 7:23pm

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, designed to better understand the geology of Mars and seek signs of ancient life on the Red Planet.

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  • WASHINGTON, June 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, designed to better understand the geology of Mars and seek signs of ancient life on the Red Planet.
  • Perseverance will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
  • The launch of Perseverance is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. EDT July 17 and is managed by NASA's Launch Services Program .
  • Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NASA will be credentialing a limited number of media to cover the Mars 2020 launch from the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA Highlights Science on 20th SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 11:17pm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 20, to discuss select science investigations launching on the next SpaceX commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station .

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  • WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 20, to discuss select science investigations launching on the next SpaceX commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station .
  • The space station is a convergence of science, technology, and human innovation that demonstrates new technologies and enables research not possible on Earth.
  • The space station remains the springboard to NASA's next great leap in exploration, including future human missions to the Moon and eventually to Mars.
  • For launch countdown coverage, NASA's launch blog, and more information about the mission, visit:
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NASA Invites Media to Next SpaceX Space Station Cargo Launch

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 10:18pm

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Media accreditation is open for the launch of the next SpaceX delivery of NASA science investigations, supplies, and equipment to the International Space Station .

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  • WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Media accreditation is open for the launch of the next SpaceX delivery of NASA science investigations, supplies, and equipment to the International Space Station .
  • A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida no earlier than March 2 at 1:45 a.m. EST.
  • Media prelaunch and launch activities will take place at NASA's Kennedy Space Center and neighboring CCAFS.
  • Each resupply mission to the station delivers scientific investigations in the areas of biology and biotechnology, physical sciences, Earth and space science.

Media Invited to Renaming Ceremony for International Ocean Science Satellite

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 4:12pm

The ceremony will take place in the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E. St., SW, in Washington and will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website .

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  • The ceremony will take place in the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E. St., SW, in Washington and will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website .
  • The satellite is scheduled for launch in November from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
  • The ceremony will be followed by a 15-minute opportunity for media interviews with the participants.
  • For more information about NASA's Earth science program, visit:
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