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Next Launch GPS IIF-8 on a Atlas V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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29 Oct 14 17:21:00 GMT
29 Oct 14 13:21:00 EDT

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Is The Future Bright for Aerojet Rocketdyne?

A row of Rocketdyne-built RS-25 Space Shuttle Main Engines just before being shipped to Stennis Space Center for use on the Space Launch System program. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Last week, California-based Aerojet and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne—the two premier rocket-power providers in the United States—finalized their merger, almost a year after [...]

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 [...]

Rocket Man: The Legacy of Wernher von Braun

Wernher von Braun helped pave the United States’ path to the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA

Beginning in September 1945, shortly after the end of World War II, a team of about a hundred rocket scientists and engineers, led by Wernher von Braun, was spirited out of Germany and brought to the United States as [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

ESC Empowers Part 5: Developing the Future

This feature utilizes elements of NASA videos

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — When NASA once again sends astronauts to destinations beyond the orbit of Earth, it will need technologies that are currently only in their infancy—or have yet to be developed. The Engineering Services Contract, or “ESC,” has tasked Dr. Tracy Gibson and [...]

ESC Empowers Part 1: The People that Make the Magic

The first in a six-part series detailing the men and women working on the contract that is working to rebuild and redirect NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for the future. Image Credit: Jason Rhian

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – The general public views NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as the place where America launches astronauts into space. [...]

On @ The 90: Build the Enterprise—Seriously?

So, the United States can’t even get astronauts into low-Earth orbit, and there is a petition to have the U.S. build a starship? Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Jason Rhian

The United States has barely regained the ability to send unmanned cargo to the International Space Station via SpaceX’s Dragon capsule and a petition has [...]

Study Finds Long Stays in Space can Accelerate Alzheimer's

A recent study has found that long-duration missions, such as a proposed mission to Mars illustrated here, could accelerate the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. Image Credit: NASA

A NASA-funded study appearing in the journal PLOS ONE suggests that astronauts on long-duration missions, such as a mission to Mars, could have more to fear than [...]

Looking Back-Looking Forward: 50 Years with NASA

The past year saw NASA move away from the space shuttle program, continue its exploration efforts, and pursue paths that would return crews to deep space exploration missions. Images Courtesy of NASA and Wired4Space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – For the past 50 years, NASA has been responsible for achievements in space—and on Earth. In [...]