Mission History

Below is a listing of previous Astrotech Space Operations missions.

AFSPC-4
Launch Date
July 28, 2014

The Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) - 4 mission includes two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) spacecraft and an Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS) satellite. The GSSAP satellites will provide U.S. Strategic Command with space situational awareness data allowing for more accurate tracking and characterization of man-made orbiting objects. ANGELS will perform similar surveillance duties while also “performing safe, automated spacecraft operations to support and enhance future U.S. missions.”

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta IV Medium

OCO-2
Launch Date
July 2, 2014

Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2 will be NASA’s first dedicated Earth remote sensing satellite to study atmospheric carbon dioxide from Space. OCO-2 will be collecting space-based global measurements of atmospheric CO2 with the precision, resolution, and coverage needed to characterize sources and sinks on regional scales.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

TDRS-L
Launch Date
January 23, 2014

NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) will become part of a network providing high-data-rate communications to the International Space Station (ISS), Hubble Space Telescope, launch vehicles and a host of other research spacecraft that relay absolutely critical flight, telemetry and science data. TDRS-L will be renamed TDRS-12 once it is checked out in orbit at 22,300 miles above Earth.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

AEHF-3
Launch Date
September 18, 2013

The Air Force's third Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite
(AEHF-3), a Lockheed Martin built satellite, will extend the Air Force's growing network of new-generation communications fleet built to ensure U.S. military forces stay in touch with civilian leadership in the event of nuclear catastrophe.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

NROL-65
Launch Date
August 28, 2013

NROL-65 is a satellite operated by the United States Government.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta IV Heavy

WGS-6
Launch Date
August 7, 2013
This WGS mission is the sixth installment of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system. The satellites are an important element of a new high-capacity satellite communications system providing enhanced communications capabilities to our troops in the field for the next decade and beyond. WGS enables more robust and flexible execution of Command and Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4lSR), as well as battle management and combat support information functions.
 
Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta IV Medium

MUOS-2
Launch Date
July 19, 2013

MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to significantly improve beyond-line-of-sight communications for U.S. forces on the move. At nearly 15,000 pounds, MUOS-2 is the heaviest satellite launched to date by an Atlas launch vehicle.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

WGS-5
Launch Date
May 24, 2013

The WGS-5 (Wideband Global Satcom 5) communications satellite was built by Boeing and is headed for geosynchronous orbit 22,300 miles up to join the Pentagon's communications infrastructure that routes information between civilian leadership and military forces around the globe. The satellite is designed to be part of the constellation of satellites providing global communications coverage to US forces.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta IV Medium

LDCM
Launch Date
February 11, 2013

The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), a collaboration between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, will provide moderate-resolution measurements of the Earth's terrestrial and polar regions in the visible, near-infrared, short wave infrared, and thermal infrared.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Atlas V

TDRS-K
Launch Date
January 30, 2013

The new Boeing-built TDRS-K series spacecraft will augment the earlier TDRS constellation that serves as NASA's means of continuous, high-data rate communication with the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station and dozens of unmanned scientific satellites in low earth orbit.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

OTV-3
Launch Date
December 11, 2012

Developed by the United States Air Force, the X-37B OTV is the United States’ newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft. Key objectives of the OTV program include demonstration and validation of fault tolerant, autonomous re-entry and landing, lightweight high temperature structures and landing gear, thermal protection system, and lightweight electromechanical flight systems.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

RBSP
Launch Date
August 30, 2012

The twin RBSP spacecraft are designed to help us understand the Sun’s influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the Earth’s radiation belts on various scales of space and time. The instruments will measure the properties of charged particles that comprise the Earth’s radiation belts, the plasma waves that interact with them, the large-scale electric fields that transport them, and the particle-guiding magnetic field.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

AEHF-2
Launch Date
May 4, 2012

The Air Force's Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite is designed to be secure, survivable, and resistant to attempted jamming, and will provide communications for the US military, as well as the armed forces of the United Kingdom, Canada, and the Netherlands.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

MUOS-1
Launch Date
February 24, 2012

The MUOS-1 satellite will ensure continued mission capability of the existing Ultra-High Frequency Satellite Communications (UHF SATCOM) system, and represents deployment of the first satellite in the next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

WGS-4
Launch Date
January 20, 2012

The primary mission of WGS has become supplementing and eventually replacing the Defense Satellite Communications System, or DSCS. Having started as a U.S. program, WGS has grown to include several other countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta IV Medium

NPP
Launch Date
October 28, 2011

The Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership mission represents a critical first step in building the next-generation Earth-observing satellite system that will collect data on both long-term climate change and short-term weather conditions.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

GRAIL
Launch Date
September 10, 2011

GRAIL’s primary science objectives will be to determine the structure of the lunar interior, from crust to core and to advance understanding of the thermal evolution of the Moon.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta II

HTV-2B
Launch Date
August 11, 2011

The HTV-2 flights were made as part of the Force Application and Launch From Continental United States (FALCON) program, which is being conducted by the US Air Force and DARPA.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Minotaur IV

Juno
Launch Date
August 5, 2011

NASA's Juno mission will study how Jupiter formed and evolved. After a five-year journey, the spacecraft is expected to arrive at the gas giant planet in August 2016. Juno will investigate the composition of the planet's core, which could help researchers piece together how Jupiter and the rest of the solar system formed.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

OTV-2
Launch Date
March 6, 2011

The launch marks the start of the X-37 B program's second space mission. The OTV was designed to examine how highly complex technologies will perform in space before they are made operational. OTV was the first vehicle since NASA's shuttle orbiter capable of returning experiments to Earth for further inspection and analysis.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

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