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IMAGE FEATURE: ULA Delta-IV Rocket Launches GPS IIF-5 Under Cover of Darkness

United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully returned its workhorse Delta IV launch vehicle to operational service on Feb. 20, 2014, with the rousing 8:59 p.m. EST liftoff of a key mission to insert the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-5 satellite into a medium orbit, some 11,047 nautical miles (20,460 km) above Earth. Photo Credit: John [...]

James Webb Space Telescope Flight Instruments and Primary Mirror Segments Ready for Assembly

The amazing mirrors that will fly aboard NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will allow the James Webb Space Telescope to see farther away and further back in time to detect the light from the very first and most distant stars and galaxies. In this photo, an engineer’s crystal clear reflection is seen on the [...]

' ... 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 [...]

Antares Rising: Stunning Launch Pad Footage Showcases Violent ORB-1 Launch

Antares thunders off pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility to deliver Cygnus to the ISS, the first flight for Orbital Sciences Corporation to deliver fresh supplies to the ISS under a $1.9 billion NASA contract. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Mike Killian

Orbital Sciences Corporation successfully launched their Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space [...]

NASA and ATK Complete Avionics and Control Testing for SLS Booster

NASA and ATK have successfully completed two key avionics tests for the solid rocket boosters for the space agency’s new heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System, being constructed to embark on bold missions to explore deep space. Image Credit: PRNewsFoto/ATK

Development of NASA’s next generation heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), [...]

Photo Feature: Double (No) Trouble—ULA Atlas V With AEHF-3 and Orbital's Antares With Cygnus 1

AmericaSpace broke its core photography team into two elements this past week to report on two launches taking place in a single day. Photo Credit: Alan Walters & John Studwell / AmericaSpace

Virginia Is for (Rocket) Lovers:

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va — Concerns about high-upper level winds and cloud ceilings failed to materialize this past [...]

Test-Fire Delayed Due to Defects Found in QM 1 Aft Segment

ATK’s test-firing of the Qualification Motor 1 has been delayed due to defects found in the aft segment of the motor. Photo Credit: NASA / ATK

ATK and NASA have had to postpone the upcoming ground test of the Qualification Motor (QM)-1 due to one of the segments not meeting testing criteria. As such, [...]

ATK to Provide Solid Rocket Motors for Stratolaunch System

Image Credit: Stratolaunch Systems

Utah-based ATK has received a contract from Orbital Science’s Corporation to produce propulsion systems for the Air Launch Vehicle (ALV) that Orbital is building for Stratolaunch Systems Corporation. It is hoped that this new delivery system will have a positive impact on providing access to orbit.

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United Launch Alliance Accomplishing Milestones at Rapid Pace

The rapid pace of United Launch Alliance was made apparent during the lead up to the recent launch of an Atlas V rocket (which took place on July 19). Over at a nearby pad, ULA was preparing another rocket to be launched just 19 days later on Aug. 7. Photo Credit: ULA

While there [...]

Key Milestone Passed in Construction of the James Webb Space Telescope

Construction of the crucial “backbone” of the James Webb Telescope has now been completed. Image Credit: NASA.

The James Webb Space Telescope, a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency, is planned to be launched in 2018 on an ESA Ariane 5 rocket. The Northrop Grumman Corporation [...]