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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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Orion EFT-1 Work Progressing Toward Dec. 4 Launch Attempt

Image Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters / NASA / Kim Shiflett

NASA’s Orion spacecraft, the agency’s spacecraft of choice for deep space human exploration, is coming together nicely inside Kennedy Space Center’s historic Operations and Checkout Building in Florida, where the vehicle is currently being processed for its first spaceflight in less than six [...]

SpaceX President on Falcon-9 OG2 Delays and Webcast Concerns, Company Aiming for July 14/15 Launch Attempt

SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell and the Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket tasked with delivering the OG2 payload to orbit for customer ORBCOMM. Image Credits: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace / SpaceX

Last weekend Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) made three attempts to launch six next-generation telecommunications satellites (mission OG2) for customer ORBCOMM, but two [...]

SpaceX Scrubs OG-2 Launch Attempt for Concerns Over Pre-Flight Checks, Next Try NET July

After three fruitless launch attempts, SpaceX will now target Tuesday, 24 June, as its next opportunity to loft six OG-2 satellites for Orbcomm, Inc. Photo Credit: John Studwell

UPDATED 6/23/14 AT 5:00 P.M. EDT – SpaceX needs additional time to assess a potential issue that was identified during pre-flight checkouts during Sunday’s Falcon-9 OG2 launch attempt. Will [...]

Mission: Invisible? SpaceX's Non-Webcasted OG-2 Mission Scrubbed by Poor Weather

SpaceX’s third Falcon 9 v1.1 mission of 2014 must wait a little longer, following Saturday’s weather delay. Photo Credit: John Studwell

After many delays—including yesterday’s down-to-the-wire launch attempt, scrubbed in its final minutes, following an anomalous “pressure decrease” in the second stage of the Falcon 9 v1.1 booster—SpaceX fell foul Cape Canaveral’s dynamic weather [...]

ULA Set to Upgrade Atlas V Pad for Human Launches of Boeing CST-100 Space Taxi—ULA and Boeing Speak With AmericaSpace

Artist’s concept of Boeing’s CST-100 space taxi atop a man-rated ULA Atlas-V rocket showing new crew access tower and arm at Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Credit: ULA/Boeing

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is nearly set to upgrade their Atlas V pad to support human launches from [...]

Second Stage 'Pressure Decrease' Issue Scrubs Falcon 9 Launch Attempt

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 must wait a little longer to deliver Orbcomm’s first six OG-2 satellites into orbit. Photo Credit: Ken Kremer

Six Orbcomm Generation-2 (OG-2) satellites must wait a little longer for their ride into low-Earth orbit, as SpaceX identified an apparent “pressure decrease” in the second stage of its Falcon 9 v1.1 [...]

Long-Delayed Falcon 9 Ready to Boost Six OG-2 Satellites on Friday, 20 June

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 stands ready for its static hot-fire test on Friday, 13 June. Photo Credit: Ken Kremer

After many delays, SpaceX is ready to launch its fifth Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket on Friday, 20 June, with liftoff currently scheduled to occur at 6:08 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral [...]

MAVEN Celebrates 100 Days From Mars Orbit Insertion on Friday the 13th

MAVEN—NASA’s next Red Planet orbiter—marks 100 days from Mars orbit insertion (MOI) engine firing on Friday the 13th of June 2014. MAVEN arrives at Mars on Sept. 21, 2014. Credit: NASA

Are you Friggatriskaidekaphobic (suffering from the irrational fear of Friday the 13th)?

Supremely defying any hints of superstition, the fearless team directing MAVEN—NASA’s [...]

SpaceX and ORBCOMM NO GO for Sunday OG2 Launch Pending Further Analysis of Payload Health

An OG2 satellite preparing for testing ahead of launch. Photo Credit: Sierra Nevada Corp.

The next SpaceX Falcon 9 launch, one which will (hopefully) deliver the first six of 17 next-generation commercial telecommunications satellites (identified as OG2) to an elliptical low-Earth orbit for customer ORBCOMM, has been delayed again to give ORBCOMM more time to ensure that [...]

Training to Fly on Boeing’s First Private CST-100 ‘Space Taxi’: One-on-One Interview With Chris Ferguson, Last Shuttle Commander (Part 2)

Boeing CST-100 manned space capsule in free flight in low-Earth orbit will transport astronaut crews to the International Space Station. Credit: Boeing

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL — Boeing’s CST-100 commercial “space taxi“ will be capable of flying to the space station “as a single piloted vehicle” starting from the first manned orbital test flight in 2017, [...]