Cape/KSC Spaceport Faces Fantastic 2016 with Especially Significant GPS Kickoff Feb. 5

Propelled by its three 'cores', the Falcon Heavy is now expected to make its maiden voyage no earlier than December 2016. This behemoth will cement its credentials as the most powerful rocket in current operational status, overtaking the Delta IV Heavy. Image Credit: SpaceX

Propelled by its three “cores,” the Falcon Heavy is expected to make its maiden voyage in fall 2016. This behemoth will cement its credentials as the most powerful rocket in current operational status, overtaking the Delta IV Heavy. Image Credit: SpaceX

The planned Feb. 5 launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas-V carrying […]

SpaceX Ready for Ambitious Year of Construction at Texas Launch Site, USAF Certifies Upgraded Falcon-9

Artist's rendering of SpaceX's commercial launch complex in south Texas. Image Credit: SpaceX

Artist’s rendering of SpaceX’s commercial launch complex in south Texas. Image Credit: SpaceX

Sixteen months after ground was initially broken at Boca Chica—located about 20 miles (32 km) east of Brownsville, Texas, just northwest of the mouth of the Rio Grande—SpaceX is ready for an ambitious year of construction work at the place which […]

Dream Chaser's First Launch Will Fly to ISS, SNC Outlines Testing and Development Plans Ahead

SNC technicians inspect the Dream Chaser engineering test article (ETA ahead of its second flight test program, expected to begin soon at Edwards AFB in California soon. The first Dream Chaser launch to the ISS will be in 2019, SNC's new flight test program eliminates the need for an orbital flight test before the first CRS-2 flight for NASA. Photo Credit: SNC

SNC technicians inspect the Dream Chaser engineering test article (ETA ahead of its second flight test program, expected to begin soon at Edwards AFB in California soon. The first Dream Chaser launch to the ISS will be in 2019, SNC’s new flight test program eliminates the need for an orbital flight test before the […]

Dream Chaser, Dragon, and Cygnus All Awarded NASA CRS-2 Space Station Resupply Contracts

Unmanned version of the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser space plan proposal for NASA cargo resupply contract docks at the International Space Station. Image Credit: SNC

Unmanned version of the Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser space plane for NASA’s CRS-2 contract docks at the ISS. Image Credit: SNC

NASA announced today that all three of the remaining contenders will be awarded CRS-2 contracts to provide commercial cargo services to the International Space Station (ISS) beginning in 2019 and lasting through […]

SpaceX Launch and Landing Attempt GO Tonight at Cape Canaveral

SpaceX is scheduled to launch their Falcon-9 rocket tonight on its first launch since the loss of CRS-7 last summer. The mission is to deliver 11 OG2 satellites to low-Earth orbit for Orbcomm, but SpaceX has a secondary objective to land the booster's first stage back at Cape Canaveral minutes after launch, on a landing pad at the Cape's former Launch Complex 13; it is now Landing Zone 1. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

SpaceX is scheduled to launch their Falcon-9 rocket tonight on its first launch since the loss of CRS-7 last summer. The mission is to deliver 11 OG2 satellites to low-Earth orbit for Orbcomm, but SpaceX has a secondary objective to land the booster’s first stage back at Cape Canaveral minutes after launch, on a […]

Details of Falcon-9 Booster Landing Attempt at Cape Canaveral Sunday Night

Illustration of a SpaceX Falcon-9 booster with its landing legs and hypersonic grid fins deployed for a landing attempt. The company will attempt this feat at Cape Canaveral, for the first time, with launch of the Orbcomm OG-2 mission Sunday evening. Image Credit: SpaceX

Illustration of a SpaceX Falcon-9 booster with its landing legs and hypersonic grid fins deployed for a landing attempt. The company will attempt this feat at Cape Canaveral, for the first time, with launch of the Orbcomm OG-2 mission Sunday evening. Image Credit: SpaceX

Six months after its 19th mission ended in pieces falling […]

SpaceX Completes Hot Fire Test, Eyes NET Sunday Night for Falcon-9 Return to Flight

After several delays SpaceX conducted their standard static test fire at SLC-40 this evening at Cape Canaveral AFS in Florida, paving the way for a NET Sunday launch attempt, which will mark the inaugural flight of the upgraded SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket, previously known informally as the "Full Thrust" (FT) or "v1.2". Photo Credit: Michael Seeley / www.PhotosOfStuff.net

After several delays SpaceX conducted their standard static test fire at SLC-40 this evening at Cape Canaveral AFS in Florida, paving the way for a NET Sunday launch attempt, which will mark the inaugural flight of the upgraded SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket, previously known informally as the “Full Thrust” (FT) or “v1.2”. Photo Credit: Michael […]

Gov't Officials Pummel ULA and Raytheon for Poor Atlas-V Judgement and GPS III Ground Segment Performance

Like the OA-4 mission in December 2015, tomorrow's OA-6 will ride an Atlas V booster to orbit. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

A ULA Atlas-V rocket, powered by a Russian RD-180 engine, lofts Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo freighter to the International Space Station Dec 6, 2015. ULA and Raytheon were pummeled by Sen. McCain and USAF Gen. Hyten this week over poor Atlas-V judgement and GPS-III ground segment performance. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

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Falcon-9 Aiming for Dec. 19 RTF with Orbcomm Satellites, Booster Landing Plans Still Unclear

Elon Musk announced today the updated Return to Flight date for their next Falcon-9 launch, which is now scheduled for nighttime on December 19 to deliver 11 satellites to orbit for Orbcomm. File Photo, Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Elon Musk announced today the updated Return to Flight date for their next Falcon-9 launch, which is now scheduled for nighttime on Dec. 19 to deliver 11 satellites to orbit for Orbcomm. File Photo, Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Six months after its 19th mission ended in pieces of falling debris offshore of Cape […]

Cygnus Soars Under Overcast Skies on Return to Space Station After Days of Weather Delays

Launch of Orbital ATK's Cygnus OA-4 cargo ship to resupply the International Space Station Dec. 6, 2015, flying off pad 41 atop a Unbited Launch Alliance Atlas-V booster from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

Launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus OA-4 cargo ship to resupply the International Space Station Dec. 6, 2015, flying off pad 41 atop a Unbited Launch Alliance Atlas-V booster from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

After three scrubbed launch attempts—most recently on Saturday, 5 December, which was called off just before […]