Mission History

Below is a listing of previous Astrotech Space Operations missions.

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

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

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