Mission History

Below is a listing of previous Astrotech Space Operations missions.

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

SMAP
Launch Date
January 31, 2015

NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory is a three-year mission that will figuratively scratch below Earth's surface to expand our understanding of a key component of the Earth system that links the water, energy and carbon cycles driving our living planet.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

MUOS-3
Launch Date
January 20, 2015

The third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-3) satellite was built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy. The spacecraft will ensure continued mission capability of the existing Ultra High Frequency Satellite Communications system that will provide improved and assured mobile communications to the warfighter.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

CLIO
Launch Date
September 16, 2014

CLIO is a satellite that was manufactured by Lockheed Martin Space Systems for an unidentified U.S. government agency.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

WorldView-3
Launch Date
August 13, 2014

WorldView-3 is the fourth Ball Aerospace-built satellite in the DigitalGlobe constellation. During its planned seven and a half year life, it will offer the most advanced Earth imagery currently available for commercial applications.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Atlas V

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

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