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Next Launch CRS-4 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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Pegasus-XL Ready to Air-Launch NASA's IRIS Sun-Watching Satellite

Deployed from beneath the L-1011 aircraft, Pegasus-XL utilizes three solid-fuelled stages to deliver payloads weighing up to 980 pounds into low-Earth orbit. Wednesday’s flight will be the 42nd Pegasus mission since April 1990. Photo Credit: NASA / Orbital Sciences Corp.

Orbital Sciences Corp. is ready to boost its 42nd Pegasus air-launched rocket aloft on [...]

Remotes, Tweetups, and Rockets: Preparing for Launch

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Covering the space program is an amazing experience. There is a tremendous amount of effort that has to go on behind the scenes to bring the sheer power, the thrill, and the spectacle of launch to the public. Do not think for [...]

Photo Feature: ULA Atlas V with SBIRS GEO-2

Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — AmericaSpace’s team of photographers worked tirelessly to produce stunning images from the recent launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the second of the United States military’s Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous (SBIRS GEO-2) spacecraft. With remote camera (stay tuned for a [...]

NASA Official Describes Commercial Crew and Its Importance to Human Space Exploration

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

TALLAHASSEE, Fla — AmericaSpace spoke with Trent Smith with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. He detailed the basics behind efforts to cede responsibility of delivering crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit (LEO), primarily to the International Space Station, to commercial companies. Under this plan, this should allow NASA to [...]

US Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin Contracts to Begin Work on Next Set of GPS III Satellites

Image Credit: GPS.gov

DENVER, Feb. 25, 2013 — The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] two fixed-price contracts totaling $120 million to procure long-lead parts for the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III.

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Upward and Forward: Orion Gains New Support, Tests Parachute Failure

NASA conducted a test of the Orion spacecraft’s parachute system today. Unlike the image posted here, today’s test saw the intentional failure of one of the capsule’s parachutes to see if the spacecraft could land safely on just two of its three parachutes. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA’s new crewed, deep space exploration spacecraft, Orion, [...]

Wired4Space Video: TDRS-K—Fire & Light

Video courtesy of Wired4Space

The sound and fury of launch is captured in this video produced by AmericaSpace partner Wired4Space. This video was shot atop the massive Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), located at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on Jan. 30, 2013. The launch vehicle in question [...]

U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin Deliver Nation’s Next Surveillance Satellite

Photo Credit: Lockheed-Martin

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 15, 2013 — The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] have delivered the second Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-2) Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where it will be prepared for a March liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V [...]

NASA to be Part of President Obama’s Inaugural Activities Jan. 18–21

NASA is poised to play an integral role in President Obama’s upcoming inaugural festivities. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / AmericaSpace

NASA is preparing to be part of President Barack Obama’s inaugural festivities that are slated to occur from Jan. 18–21. Several events are planned to take place during this period, including an open house of NASA [...]

Lockheed-Martin Completes MUOS Waveform to Improve Secure Communications Capabilities

Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

SUNNYVALE, Calif., January 8, 2013 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has completed and delivered the software waveform for the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS). The new waveform will enable military satellite communications terminal providers to deploy equipment that takes full advantage of enhanced MUOS capabilities.

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