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Next Launch CRS-5 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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6 Jan 15 11:18:00 GMT
6 Jan 15 6:18:00 EST

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The Dawn of Orion, Spectacular Views Document America's Newest Spacecraft Taking Flight

Various camera angles capture the fury of the world’s most powerful rocket launching NASA’s Orion on its maiden voyage Dec. 5, 2014. Photo Credits: Mike Killian / Alan Walters / John Studwell / Alex Polimeni / Chris Cook

“Liftoff, at dawn, the dawn of Orion, and a new era of American space exploration.” Those […]

A New Dawn: The Troubled History and Future Promise of NASA's Orion Program (Part 4)

The Orion spacecraft and its Launch Abort System (LAS) for the Exploration pause briefly outside the historic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), during their journey to Space Launch Complex (SLC)-37B. Photo Credit: Talia Landman/AmericaSpace

After more than a decade of planning, preparation, frustration and cancellation, in just 11 days’ time the first human-capable vehicle for […]

A New Dawn: The Troubled History and Future Promise of NASA's Orion Program (Part 3)

The “business end” of the three Common Booster Cores (CBCs) for the Delta IV Heavy are readied for America’s next step towards deep space. Photo Credit: Mike Killian/AmericaSpace

Twelve days now remain before the long-awaited launch of Orion—the first human-capable vehicle for Beyond Earth Orbit (BEO) exploration in more than four decades—on its inaugural […]

EFT-1 Orion Assembly and Testing Complete, Roll Out to Launch Complex-37 GO for Monday Night

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is seen here, complete, inside the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Fla., on Oct. 30, 2014. The spacecraft is scheduled to roll out to nearby Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to meet its rocket for a scheduled Dec. 4 launch on […]

MAVEN Captures First and Totally Unique Science Observations of Mars' Atmosphere Quickly After Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion: Interview With MAVEN PI Bruce Jakosky

These are the first observations received from NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft of Mars upper atmosphere. They were taken by the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument just eight hours after achieving orbit on Sept. 21, 2014. Credit: Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado/NASA

Just eight hours after the […]

Orion's Protective Shell of 970 Space Shuttle Thermal Tiles Installed for EFT-1 Mission

Inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians dressed in clean-room suits install a back shell tile panel onto the Orion crew module. Photo Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

Things are moving forward nicely at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Operations and Checkout Building in Florida, where technicians with […]

First Private Dream Chaser Construction Pace Accelerates Toward 2016 Maiden Blastoff: One-on-One Interview With SNC VP Mark Sirangelo (Part 2)

SNC’s Commercial Dream Chaser atmospheric test vehicle under construction. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)

Construction of the first commercial Dream Chaser space plane that will propel Americans back to space from American soil is well underway and accelerating to insure “its ready for the first launch in November 2016,” Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president […]

SpaceX and United Launch Alliance Face-Off at Hearing for Military Launch Contracts

United Launch Alliance CEO Michael Gass (top left) and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (bottom right) testified at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on Wed., March 5, each outlining why their respective launch services are the best choice for the U.S. Government and tax-payer. Photo Credits: Committee on Appropriations / […]

Orion and Dragon Parachute Systems Undergo Flight Tests in Preparation for Crewed Missions

The SpaceX main parachutes control the descent of the Dragon test article (RIGHT) following a drop test over the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Morro Bay, Calif. On the left, a test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft touches down in the Arizona desert after its most complicated parachute test to date. Photos Credit: […]

Heat Shield for Orion EFT-1 Spacecraft Arrives at Kennedy for Installation

The heat shield for NASA’s Orion EFT-1 spacecraft being unloaded off the agency’s Super Guppy heavy transport aircraft at Kennedy Space Center last Wednesday. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Shawn Jakway

For nearly 18 months work has continued on NASA’s Orion spacecraft at Kennedy Space Center, where the capsule is currently being constructed for its […]