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Next Launch SMAP on a Delta II 7320 rocket from Vandenberg AFB, CA
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31 Jan 15 14:20:42 GMT
31 Jan 15 6:20:42 PST
31 Jan 15 9:20:42 Eastern

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Fiery Falcon and Hissing Dragon Blaze Trail to Space Station, Booster Landing Attempt Unsuccessful

Liftoff of SpaceX’s fifth NASA-contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station at 4:47 a.m. EST on Jan. 10, 2014. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

The ground of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., shook under 1.3 million pounds (590,000 kg) of thrust this morning (Saturday, 10 January), as SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 […]

Last-Minute Scrub Stalls Dragon Mission; Next Attempt NET Friday

Bearing the CRS-5 Dragon cargo craft within its nose, the Falcon 9 v1.1 stands patiently to execute the United States’ first mission of 2015. Photo Credit: Mike Killian/AmericaSpace

SpaceX must wait until Friday, at the earliest, to despatch its fifth dedicated Dragon cargo mission (CRS-5) to the International Space Station (ISS), following today’s scrubbed […]

Space Travel Risks Minimized by Capsules: Conversation With Hubble Astronaut/NASA Science Chief John Grunsfeld (Part 1)

Crew of STS-125, including John Grunsfeld, center, during walkout to Astrovan ahead of launch on May 11, 2009, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on final mission to service NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: Ken Kremer – kenkremer.com

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL — Everyone in the space business knows it’s a “risky business” and […]

SpaceX to Launch United States' First Mission of 2015 With Tuesday Morning Dragon Flight

The CRS-5 mission is the fifth dedicated Dragon cargo flight under the language of SpaceX’s $1.6 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. Credit: NASA

Almost three weeks later than originally planned, SpaceX—the Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch services company, headed by entrepreneur Elon Musk—is primed to launch its fifth dedicated Dragon cargo mission (CRS-5) […]

NASA Shifts Next Orbital Sciences Station Cargo Flight to Nighttime in June

Orbital Sciences Antares rocket and Cygnus resupply ship soar to space on Jan. 9, 2014, from NASA Wallops on Virginia coast on the Orb-1 mission to the ISS. Antares next launch is slated for mid-June 2014. Photo taken by remote camera at launch pad. Credit: Ken Kremer – kenkremer.com

Orbital Sciences has reset the […]

Commentary: A Path to Nowhere and the Absence of Leadership (Part 2)

Despite a plethora of deep-space mission concepts currently envisioned by NASA, there’s little consensus between Congress and the White House on where the space agency should go next in space, in the lack of a coherent vision and direction. Image Credit: NASA

Last week’s article had focused on examining some of the events and […]

Opinion: Which Way Toward the Red Planet? Current Plans for Mars Colonisation and the Need for Maturity

Artistic rendering of Mars, made from images taken with NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. Private space companies have announced plans for the colonisation of the Red Planet within the next decade. How close are those plans to becoming a reality? Image Credit: Kees Veenenbos/MOLA Science Team/NASA

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about […]

Orbital Sciences Proceeding Toward Dec. 19 ISS Launch, Pending NASA Approval

Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft (right) ready to be mated to its Antares rocket (left) which will launch it on a mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station no earlier than Dec. 19. Photo Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation

Orbital Sciences Corporation is proceeding with operations to prepare their Cygnus spacecraft to launch on its first […]

Final Swansong: Orbital's First Cygnus Cargo Ship Completes Mission With Blazing Re-entry

The ORB-D mission, which represented Orbital Sciences’ inaugural flight of its Cygnus cargo ship, has ended with a destructive re-entry over the Pacific Ocean. Photo Credit: NASA

Orbital Sciences Corp. bade a fond farewell to its first Cygnus cargo ship yesterday, as the hugely successful Demonstration Mission—designated “ORB-D”—concluded with a fiery plunge into the […]

Orbital Sciences Primed for First Cygnus Cargo Mission to Space Station

Artist’s concept of the Cygnus cargo craft—newly named in honor of the late G. David Low—during rendezvous operations with the International Space Station. Image Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation

After many delays, Orbital Sciences Corp. stands ready to stage the long-awaited Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Demonstration Mission—designated “ORB-D”—of its Cygnus cargo craft to the International […]