Mission History

Below is a listing of previous Astrotech Space Operations missions.

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

Glory
Launch Date
March 4, 2011

The Glory satellite was a planned NASA satellite mission that would have collected data on the chemical, micro-physical and optical properties—and the spatial and temporal distributions—of sulfate and other aerosols, and would have collected solar irradiance data for the long-term climate record. The satellite was lost during launch, when its Taurus XL carrier rocket malfunctioned.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Taurus XL

L-49
Launch Date
January 20, 2011

L-49 is a payload put into orbit for the United States Government.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta IV Heavy

COSMO-SkyMed 4
Launch Date
November 10, 2010

The COSMO-SkyMed program is a partnership between ASI (the Italian Space Agency), the Italian Ministry of Defense, and e-GEOS, a commercial organization. It consists of four satellites, of which COSMO-4 will be the last, which have all been launched by Delta II rockets over the last three and a half years.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

SBSS
Launch Date
September 26, 2010

The SBSS system will revolutionize the nation's Space Situational Awareness by detecting and monitoring dimmer, most distant objects than ever before.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Minotaur IV

AEHF-1
Launch Date
August 14, 2010

AEHF is a joint service satellite communications system that will provide survivable, global, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications for high-priority military ground, sea and air assets.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

OTV-1
Launch Date
April 22, 2010

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) is the newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft. Based on NASA's X-37 design, the unmanned OTV is designed for vertical launch to low Earth orbit altitudes where it can perform long duration space technology experimentation and testing.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

Falcon HTV-2
Launch Date
April 22, 2010

The Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) is part of "Prompt Global Strike," a US military effort to develop bombers that can strike targets with conventional weapons anywhere on the planet within minutes.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Minotaur IV

GOES-P
Launch Date
March 4, 2010

GOES-P is the sixteenth Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES), and the last of the three current-generation GOES-N series spacecraft. Once it reaches its operational geostationary orbit, it will be renamed GOES 15.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta IV

SDO
Launch Date
February 11, 2010

The SDO is the culmination of decades of solar research, providing a balance between understanding the small-scale dynamics of plasma and magnetic fields on the solar surface and gaining a wide-angle view of the entire solar disk.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

WISE
Launch Date
December 14, 2009

WISE is a NASA-funded Explorer mission that will provide a vast storehouse of knowledge about the solar system, the Milky Way, and the Universe. Among the objects WISE will study are asteroids, the coolest and dimmest stars, and the most luminous galaxies.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

WGS-3
Launch Date
December 5, 2009

The WGS satellites are important elements of a new high-capacity satellite communications system providing enhanced communications capabilities to America's troops around the world for the next decade and beyond.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Delta IV

Intelsat 14
Launch Date
November 23, 2009

The Intelsat 14 spacecraft is a communication satellite which will be placed in geosynchronous orbit at a longitude of 45 degrees west. It carries sixty-two transponders, which will be used to provide coverage of Africa, America and Europe. It will replace the nine-year old Intelsat 1R satellite.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
Atlas V

ARES 1X First Stage
Launch Date
October 28, 2009

Ares I-X was the first stage prototype and design concept demonstrator in the Ares I program, a launch system for human spaceflight developed by the United States space agency.

Launch Site
CCAFS
Vehicle
ARES 1X

WorldView-2
Launch Date
October 8, 2009

WorldView-2 is DigitalGlobe’s third satellite in a constellation of spacecraft that offers the highest-resolution commercial satellite imagery of Earth.

Launch Site
VAFB
Vehicle
Delta II

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