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SpaceX Rings In New Year With Successful Launch of Thaicom-6

The launch of Thaicom-6 atop a SpaceX Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket earlier this evening from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / John Studwell

The first U.S. space launch of 2014 is in the books with the successful delivery of the Thaicom-6 telecommunications satellite to orbit earlier this evening, courtesy of Space Exploration [...]

SpaceX Ready to Launch Thaicom-6 Satellite Tonight After Three-Day Delay

A SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket, ready to launch the Thaicom-6 satellite from Cape Canaveral, Fla., tonight at 5:06 p.m. EST. The flight will be the third for the company’s new v1.1 rocket. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / John Studwell

With 2013 now but a memory, America’s space program is wasting no time kicking off [...]

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 [...]

Deal Finalized to Use Former Shuttle Processing Facility for CST-100 Spacecraft Development

Artist’s concept of CST-100 high bay operations in the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Image Credit: Boeing

For more than three decades NASA’s space shuttle fleet was looked after in three separate Orbiter Processing Facilities, or OPFs, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center launch site in Florida. Now, [...]

Cygnus Arrival at Space Station Delayed Until Saturday

After a spectacular launch on Wednesday, 18 September, Orbital Sciences Corp. has met with delay in the rendezvous and berthing of its ORB-D Cygnus craft at the International Space Station. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

Orbital Sciences Corp. today announced that its first Cygnus cargo ship must wait until Saturday, 28 September for [...]

Boeing's CST-100 Spacecraft One Step Closer to Space With Thruster Tests

One of Boeing’s CST-100 thrusters glows red-hot during a recent test on its orbital maneuvering and attitude control system (OMAC) in Las Cruces, N.M. This test brings the spacecraft closer to fulfilling its commercial crew missions. Photo Credit: Boeing

Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft-steering jets, which are part of the ship’s orbital maneuvering and attitude control [...]

Book Review: 'Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight'

The crew of STS-41D—launched in August 1984—boasted the commercial industry’s first astronaut, Charles Walker. He is pictured at top left (next to Judith Resnik). At bottom, crew members Mike Mullane, Steve Hawley, Hank Hartsfield, and Michael Coats smile for the camera. Photo Credit: NASA.

Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight was published by [...]

Boeing's CST-100 Completes Interface Test at NASA's Johnson Space Center

Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft has successfully completed a pivotal integration test at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This image of NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik in front of the spacecraft was taken in July of this year during a fit check of the capsule. Photo Credit: NASA / Robert Markowitz

Boeing recently tested systems that [...]

To the Fore: SNC's Dream Chaser Racks Up Another Milestone

Sierra Nevada Corporation has made steady progress toward having their Dream Chaser space plane send crews to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has successfully completed yet another milestone test with their Dream Chaser flight test vehicle this week, bringing the company one step closer to putting their future [...]

Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser Awarded Additional Milestone Funding by NASA

Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

Today, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced that NASA has amended SNC’s Dream Chaser Space Act Agreement (SAA) to include two additional, optional milestones in the development of their Dream Chaser spacecraft. The company hopes to eventually provide NASA crew transport to the International Space Station and other low-Earth orbit [...]