By Robert ParryThe space agency’s Falcon 9 rocket blasted off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Monday, June 10, carrying two payloads on a Delta IV Heavy rocket.
The Falcon 9 first stage is powered by a Falcon 9 core stage and two Merlin 1D engines.
The second stage is fueled by a Delta II core stage, which has a single Merlin 1E engine and is powered only by the Atlas V’s single Merlin 2 engine.
Both stages were powered by two solid-fueled AJ26 engines, which can lift an uncrewed spacecraft up to 1,200 pounds and 2,000 feet above the ground at an altitude of nearly 500 feet.
The first stage carried the Amos-6 communications satellite.
The Amos-7 communications satellite was launched into orbit by a United launch vehicle on January 28, 2017.
The Amos-4 communications satellite, also a United vehicle, was launched in 2018.
The mission, also by United, carried a satellite for Teledesic, a company developing communications satellites for commercial and military customers.
The United Launch Team (ULT) said in a statement that it “will be launching the next satellite in our planned constellation, Amos-5, into orbit with two Delta IV rockets on July 5, 2019.”
The Amos satellites will carry an advanced telecommunications payload, the ULT said.
The payloads will be a combination of two telecommunications satellites, a commercial weather satellite and a global-temperature sensor.
“These satellites are designed to provide broadband broadband access for small to medium businesses and businesses in remote areas and are designed for use in areas with very poor broadband connectivity,” the U.S. Air Force said in its Amos satellite mission status update on June 10.
The U.K.-based Space and Communications Technology (SCTE) and the United States-based Space Systems Loral (SSNL) have signed an agreement to launch Amos-3, a Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite.
The launch will take place on July 6, 2019, according to a U.KS Space & Communications Agency (KSSA) release.
The satellite was designed by Boeing and Lockheed Martin and is scheduled to be launched on a Falcon Heavy rocket in late 2019.
The spacecraft is scheduled for launch on a Dragon spacecraft sometime between July 30 and August 1, 2019.
It is not clear how long it will take for the satellite to reach orbit.
The United Launch Force has said it will launch satellites on Atlas V rockets sometime between May and June 2020.
The SCTE mission is a joint effort between the ULA and the NASA Commercial Crew Program, which manages the program.