CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – United Launch Alliance is getting ready to follow in the footsteps of NASA in that the Colorado-based company is getting set to hold its own version of the NASA “social” which has proven so popular in recent years. Until recently, only NASA-related missions had socials. Now, space enthusiasts can carry the citizen-journalist trend into the launch of non NASA launches such as the scheduled Mar. 19 launch of the Space Based Infrared System 2 (SBIRS-2) satellite atop an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 located in Florida.
NASA held its first “Tweetup” in 2009. Since that term the scope of these events has expanded and events have now been called “Socials.” Space enthusiasts have been invited to see the successful beginning of the agency’s commercial crew efforts with the launch of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, the liftoff of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover Curiosity and numerous other pivotal events. READ MORE »