Mission History

Below is a listing of previous Astrotech Space Operations missions.

Parker Solar Probe
Launch Date
August 12, 2018

Parker Solar Probe (PSP) is a NASA robotic spacecraft en route to probe the outer corona of the Sun. It will approach to within 8.86 solar radii (3.85 million miles) from the "surface" (photosphere) of the Sun and will travel, at closest approach, as fast as 430,000 mph. PSP will assess the structure and dynamics of the Sun's coronal plasma and magnetic field, the energy flow that heats the solar corona and impels the solar wind, and the mechanisms that accelerate energetic particles.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta IV Heavy

InSight
Launch Date
May 5, 2018

InSight is a robotic lander designed to study the interior of the planet Mars. The mission is expected to land on the surface of Mars (landing site: Elysium Planitia) on 26 November 2018, where it will deploy a seismometer and burrow a heat probe. It will also perform a radio science experiment to study the internal structure of Mars

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Atlas V

AFSPC-11
Launch Date
April 14, 2018

Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-11 is a dual-payload mission. The first payload is the Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM (CBAS) satellite. The secondary payload is the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) Augmented Geosynchronous Laboratory Experiment satellite (EAGLE). CBAS is a military satellite communications spacecraft destined for geosynchronous orbit to provide communications relay capabilities to support senior leaders and combatant commanders. EAGLE hosts experiments designed to detect, identify, and attribute threatening behavior as well as enhance space situational awareness.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

GOES-S
Launch Date
March 1, 2018

NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-S) is the second satellite in a series of next-generation weather satellites. It will launch to a geostationary position over the U.S. to provide images of storms and help predict weather forecasts, severe weather outlooks, watches, warnings, lightning conditions and longer-term forecasting.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

GRACE-FO
Launch Date
January 14, 2018

The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on (GRACE-FO) mission is a partnership between NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). The Mission will continue the work of tracking Earth's water movement to monitor changes in underground water storage, the amount of water in large lakes and rivers, soil moisture, ice sheets and glaciers, and sea level caused by the addition of water to the ocean.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Falcon 9

ORS-5
Launch Date
August 26, 2017

Orbital ATK's Minotaur IV space launch vehicle launched the ORS-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force as a part of the Orbital/Suborbital Program-3 (OSP-3) contract. ORS-5, also known as SensorSat, is designed to scan for other satellites and debris to aid the U.S. military’s tracking of objects in geosynchronous orbit.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Minotaur IV

TDRS-M
Launch Date
August 18, 2017

The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite – (TDRS-M) is the last of a generation of NASA satellites providing communication and tracking services between orbiting spacecraft and ground control, supporting the International Space Station, Hubble Telescope, and other missions.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

WGS-9
Launch Date
March 18, 2017

Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) is the ninth satellite in the WGS constellation. WGS satellites are important elements of a new high-capacity satellite communications system providing enhanced communications capabilities to our troops in the field.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta IV Medium

EchoStar XIX
Launch Date
December 18, 2016

EchoStar XIX will be used by HughesNet, the country’s top-selling satellite internet services company, to shine spotbeams of coverage across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and regions of Central America from geosynchronous orbit

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

WGS-8
Launch Date
December 7, 2016

The Wideband Global Satcom - 8 (WGS-8) spacecraft is the eighth satellite in the military’s communication constellation, whose first satellite launched in 2007. The Boeing-built WGS-8 satellite will be the first with an upgrade that allows it to provide an estimated 45 percent more bandwidth than previous WGS satellites.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta IV

GOES-R
Launch Date
November 19, 2016

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - R Series (GOES-R) is the next generation of geosynchronous environmental satellite. It will provide atmospheric and surface measurements of the Earth’s Western Hemisphere for weather forecasting, severe storm tracking, space weather monitoring and meteorological research.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

WorldView-4
Launch Date
November 11, 2016

WorldView-4 will provide DigitalGlobe's customers with high resolution and color imagery to commercial, government and international customers. The satellite will more than double the capacity of DigitalGlobe's fleet.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Atlas V

AFSPC-6
Launch Date
August 19, 2016

The Air Force Space Command 6 (AFSPC-6) mission includes a second pair of Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program, or GSSAP, satellites that will monitor collision threats and nefarious activities in geosynchronous orbit for U.S. Strategic Command.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta IV Medium

MUOS-5
Launch Date
June 24, 2016

The MUOS-5 spacecraft will provide narrowband tactical communications designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

Morelos-3
Launch Date
October 2, 2015

Morelos-3 (also known as Mexsat-2) will be one of three communications satellites that comprise the MEXSAT communications satellite system. MEXSAT is a constellation of satellites owned by Mexican Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes and operated by Telecomunicaciones de Mexico that delivers advanced telecommunications throughout Mexico.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

MUOS-4
Launch Date
September 2, 2015

Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move. MUOS will provide military users 10 times more communications capability over existing systems, including simultaneous voice, video and data, leveraging 3G mobile communications technology.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

WGS-7
Launch Date
July 23, 2015

Wideband Global SATCOM 7 (WGS-7) is one of the Department of Defense’s highest capacity communications satellites. The WGS satellites provide the needed capacity, coverage and connectivity in support of demanding operational scenarios for the Pentagon and allied forces around the world.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta IV Medium

AFSPC-5
Launch Date
May 20, 2015

Air Force Space Command 5 (AFSPC-5) is the program’s fourth flight of the Boeing-built X-37B spacecraft, which will be operated by the U.S. Air Force for national defense.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

MMS
Launch Date
March 12, 2015

The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission studies the mystery of how magnetic fields around Earth connect and disconnect, explosively releasing energy via a process known as magnetic reconnection. MMS consists of four identical spacecraft that work together to provide the first three-dimensional view of this fundamental process, which occurs throughout the universe.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

DSCOVR
Launch Date
February 11, 2015

The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) is a joint collaboration between NASA, NOAA, and the US Air Force. The spacecraft is our planet’s new line of defense against solar storms, stationed one million miles from Earth. DSCOVR is designed to provide advanced warning against solar flares that could result in damaging geomagnetic storms.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Falcon 9

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