A Look at Launches in 2016

Atlas V launches the NROL-61 satellite. (Credit: ULA)

Excerpt from

The Annual Compendium of
Commercial Space Transportation: 2017
Federal Aviation Administration
Office of Commercial Space
Transportation (FAA AST)

January 2017

2016 Launch Events

Space launch activity worldwide is carried out by the civil, military, and commercial sectors. This section summarizes U.S. and international orbital launch activities for calendar year 2016, including launches licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA AST). Countries and jurisdictions worldwide that possess functional and operating indigenous launch industries are the United States, Russia, China, European Union, India, Japan, Israel, Iran, North Korea, and South Korea. Several other countries, including Argentina, Brazil, and Indonesia, are developing launch vehicle technologies.

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DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 Satellite Begins Service

Built by Lockheed Martin, the WorldView-4 satellite will expand DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading constellation of high-accuracy, high-resolution satellites, and double the availability of 30 cm resolution imagery for commercial and government customers around the globe. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (DigitalGlobe PR) — DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced that the WorldView-4 satellite successfully completed in-orbit testing and calibration and began serving its first direct access customer on Feb. 1. Additional direct access customers will be added to WorldView-4 service throughout 2017.

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DigitalGlobe Releases First Public Image From WorldView-4 Satellite

WorldView-4’s first public image, taken on November 26, features the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya, Tokyo. The site hosted events during the 1964 Olympic Games and will again host international competition when the games return to Tokyo in 2020. (Credit: DigitalGlobe)
WorldView-4’s first public image, taken on November 26, features the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya, Tokyo. The site hosted events during the 1964 Olympic Games and will again host international competition when the games return to Tokyo in 2020. (Credit: DigitalGlobe)

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (DigitalGlobe PR) — DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today released the first public image from the recently launched WorldView-4 satellite, showcasing a level of clarity and information content that is unique to DigitalGlobe commercial imagery.

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Atlas V Launches WorldView-4 Satellite, 7 CubeSats

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the WorldView-4 spacecraft lifts off from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: ULA)
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the WorldView-4 spacecraft lifts off from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: ULA)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Nov. 11, 2016 (ULA PR) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the WorldView-4 satellite for DigitalGlobe lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. PST. Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services procured the Atlas V for this mission.

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Atlas V Launch From Vandenberg On Schedule for Friday

Atlas V lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: Bill Hartenstein, ULA)
Atlas V lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: Bill Hartenstein, ULA)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (ULA PR) — Everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V launch carrying the WorldView-4 spacecraft for the DigitalGlobe.

The mission is set to lift off on an Atlas V rocket on Friday, Nov. 11 from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Station in California. The launch window is 10:30 – 10:45 a.m. PST.

Today’s L-2 forecast shows a 100% chance of favorable weather conditions for launch.

Weather Forecast:
Overall probability of violating weather constraints: 0%
Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 Hour Delay: 20%
Areas of concern: Thick Clouds, Launch Visibility

Webcast: www.youtube.com/unitedlaunchalliance and www.ulalaunch.com

Vandenberg Back in Action on Friday With Atlas V Launch

Atlas V lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: Bill Hartenstein, ULA)
Atlas V lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: Bill Hartenstein, ULA)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (USAF PR) – Team Vandenberg is scheduled to launch the WorldView-4 satellite on an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-3 here Friday, Nov. 11, with a launch window opening at 10:30 a.m. PDT.

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DigitalGlobe WorldView-4 Launch Now Set for Late October or Early November

Built by Lockheed Martin, the WorldView-4 satellite will expand DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading constellation of high-accuracy, high-resolution satellites, and double the availability of 30 cm resolution imagery for commercial and government customers around the globe. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)
Built by Lockheed Martin, the WorldView-4 satellite will expand DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading constellation of high-accuracy, high-resolution satellites, and double the availability of 30 cm resolution imagery for commercial and government customers around the globe. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

WESTMINSTER, Colo., Oct. 10, 2016 (DigitalGlobe PR) — DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced the WorldView-4 satellite launch has been delayed due to ongoing efforts to restore and test infrastructure at Vandenberg Air Force Base following last month’s wildfires. DigitalGlobe is working closely with the U.S. Air Force and United Launch Alliance to identify a new launch date, targeting late October or early November.

The WorldView-4 satellite is safe and secure atop its Atlas V launch vehicle. The company continues to expect WorldView-4 to begin generating revenue in the first half of 2017.

About DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world’s leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers’ most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight.

Vandenberg Continues Recovery From Fire

An aircraft drops chemicals on wildfire at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: USAF)
An aircraft drops chemicals on wildfire at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: USAF)

It is still not clear when Vandenberg Air Force Base can resume launch operations after more than 12,000 acres were burned by brush fires.

Vandenberg officials have been tight-lipped about damage beyond confirming downed power lines in the area, despite unconfirmed reports in the local communities about a tracking station, weather sensor or other critical support equipment being ruined in the fire.

Other unconfirmed reports mention damage to communication equipment.

ULA officials last said the launch would not occur before early October, but never released the targeted launch date as the Air Force began surveying damage and crafting a recovery plan.

The Air Force remains mum about what was damaged or affected by the fires.

“We don’t have any updates at this time,” Lt. William Collette, a Vandenberg public affairs officer, said Thursday.

The launch of an ULA Atlas V rocket with the WorldView-4 satellite on board was postponed indefinitely due to the fire.

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DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 Satellite Prepped for Launch

Built by Lockheed Martin, the WorldView-4 satellite will expand DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading constellation of high-accuracy, high-resolution satellites, and double the availability of 30 cm resolution imagery for commercial and government customers around the globe. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)
Built by Lockheed Martin, the WorldView-4 satellite will expand DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading constellation of high-accuracy, high-resolution satellites, and double the availability of 30 cm resolution imagery for commercial and government customers around the globe. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 13, 2016 (Lockheed Martin PR) – Final preparations are underway at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) to ship DigitalGlobe’s (NYSE:DGI) WorldView-4 earth imaging satellite to Vandenberg Air Force Base for a Sept. 15 launch.

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