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Orion Coming Together for EFT-1 Test Flight in December 2014

Launch Abort System (LAS) for Orion EFT-1 test flight on view inside the Launch Abort System Facility at KSC. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL — Piece by piece, fabrication of all the major hardware elements for NASA’s inaugural unmanned Orion test flight, dubbed EFT-1, are coming together at Cape Canaveral and the [...]

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 [...]

Workhorse Delta IV Returns to Flight With Rousing Nighttime Launch of GPS IIF-5 Satellite

The 25th Delta IV mission lights up the Florida sky with the GPS IIF-5 satellite. Photo Credit: John Studwell

Four months later than planned, United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully returned its workhorse Delta IV vehicle to operational service yesterday (Thursday, 20 February), with the rousing 8:59 p.m. EST liftoff of a key mission to [...]

TDRS-L and Atlas V Readied for 23 January Launch

Pictured in the pre-dawn darkness of Monday, 13 January, during rollout from Astrotech’s payload processing facility to SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the TDRS-L payload shroud is emblazoned with the mission logos. Photo Credit: Jacques van Oene/AmericaSpace

More than 30 years since its maiden launch, NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) [...]

With TDRS-L Arrival, NASA's Next Tracking and Data Relay Satellite Begins Final Preparations for January Launch

Like an oversized insect, TDRS-L is visually quite distinct from its cousins of the shuttle-launched first generation of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA’s 12th Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) will shortly begin final processing at the Kennedy Space Center, following its delivery last week to Florida aboard a U.S. [...]

SpaceX Gives Thanks as Falcon 9 Safety System Cuts In to Halt Problematic Countdown

 

After two eventful countdowns on Monday and tonight, the Falcon 9 v1.1 has demonstrated the efficacy of its safety systems and remains primed to fly another day. Photo Credit: SpaceX

For only the second time in spaceflight history, Cape Canaveral was rocked by the roar of rocket engines on Thanksgiving, as SpaceX’s Falcon [...]

SpaceX's First GEO Transfer Mission Scrubbed by Technical Issues

The Falcon 9 v1.1 is powered by SpaceX’s upgraded Merlin-1D powerplant and on the company’s “First GEO Transfer Mission” will deliver the SES-8 communications satellite into orbit. Photo Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX’s second Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket—and the first from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s storied Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40—must wait a little longer to [...]

SpaceX Prepares for High-Jump Falcon 9 Mission to Geostationary Orbit

The SES-8 communications satellite will be SpaceX’s first payload destined for geostationary transfer orbit. Photo Credit: SES

With a launch record that has so far carried it no higher than low-Earth orbit, SpaceX plans a figurative and literal leap in altitude this week with Monday night’s liftoff of its two-stage Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket, [...]

PHOTOS: NASA Ready to Send MAVEN on Half-Billion Mile Journey to Mars Monday

The Atlas-V rocket with NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft onboard minutes after arriving at the launch pad Saturday afternoon. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Mike Killian

The clocks are ticking and the launch team at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 41 in Florida is preparing to send NASA’s next Mars-bound spacecraft on an epic half-billion [...]

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Hoisted Atop Its Rocket for Nov. 18 Launch to Mars

NASA’s Mars-bound MAVEN spacecraft, safely tucked inside its payload fairing, has been positioned atop the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster for a Nov. 18 launch attempt. Photo Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

With less than two weeks before the launch window opens for NASA’s next mission to Mars, work continues at Cape Canaveral Space Launch [...]