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House Strategic Forces Chair Raises CRS-3 Issues

House Strategic Forces Subcommittee Chairman Rogers questions SpaceX CEO’s statement that CRS-3 launch “nearly perfect”. [...]

Recently Declassified USAF Space Surveillance Program Pushes Orion Flight Test to December

NASA’s Orion spacecraft will launch on EFT-1 NET in December 2014 atop a ULA Delta-IV Heavy rocket, the same pictured here launching a top-secret payload for the U.S. Government on mission NROL-15. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

One of the most anticipated spaceflights of the last couple years is now delayed by nearly [...]

' ... T-9 Minutes and Counting ... ': NASA's First Secret Shuttle Flight

Since the conception of the manned spaceflight engineer programme, the intent was to fly a dedicated officer aboard each classified flight. For Mission 51C, it would be Air Force Major Gary Payton (back left). The other NASA crew members were Loren Shriver (front left) and Ken Mattingly (front right), with Jim Buchli and Ellison [...]

NASA Providing Support for Santa's Annual Christmas Mission Tonight

Kennedy Space Center’s 2012 holiday poster, depicting Santa Claus and NASA’s spaceflight endeavors. Image Credit: NASA

Santa’s epic mission to deliver toys to good children around the world for Christmas 2013 is already underway, with an estimated 132 million Christian homes on his “nice” list that can expect a visit. Pulling off this feat, [...]

45th Space Wing's Commander: 'Yes, We Are Still Launching Rockets!'

The commander of the 45th Space Wing, Brigadier General Anthony Cotton, addresses members of the press who attended a media day held by the 45th Space Wing. The media day was held to highlight the heavy workload that the men and women of the Eastern Range have in sending various payloads to orbit. Photo [...]

ATK Hosts GEM Tweetup

Image Credit: ATK

ATK will be hosting a “Tweetup” for a static test firing of the Utah-based company’s GEM-60 solid rocket booster. Registration is currently open and will close on Aug. 31. The test firing and Tweetup are scheduled to take place on Sept. 6. To register, interested individuals need to email hillary.searle@atk.com by [...]

Solar Electric Propulsion Could Slash the Price of Manned Missions

A schematic with all Aerojet satellite that feature SEP systems. Image Credit: Aerojet

It’s not news that propulsion methods have the potential to radically affect spaceflight. Classic chemical propellants like the liquid oxygen/refined kerosene combination that powered the Saturn V are heavy and hard to store on long-duration deep space missions. Nuclear propellants offer [...]

A Bumper Crop: The Cape’s First Roar of Rocket Engines

The Bumper was an unusual marriage between one of Nazi Germany's fearsome V-2 missiles and the WAC-Corporal research rocket. On 24 July 1950, the rise of Bumper 8 heralded the first howl of rocket engines at 'The Cape'. Photo Credit: US Army

Until the arrival of the rockets and the rocketeers, Cape Canaveral was [...]

Launch Viewing Guide: ULA Atlas-V Rocket To Launch NROL-38 Monday Morning

Atlas-V NROL-38 Poster. Credit: United Launch Alliance

Atlas-V NROL-38 Poster. Credit: United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is in the final days of preparing to launch their fifth rocket this year, one which will carry a classified payload into orbit for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).  The mission, designated as NROL-38, is scheduled to launch atop a 19-story tall [...]

Pentagon Warns Of China Failure Risks, As Chinese Woman Astro Set For Launch

Quality control technician checks Long March 2F set to launch the Shenzhou 9 astronauts in mid June at the Jiuquan launch site.

China’s aggressive satellite production and launch pace is threatening launch vehicle failures and the malfunction in orbit of important spacecraft, according to a largely classified Defense Dept. report to Congress.

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