SpaceX's Merlin 1D Reaches Crucial Milestone

SpaceX’s Merlin 1D has completed the critical flight qualification phase and is now ready to be used on missions. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has accomplished a major milestone toward having the Hawthorne, Calif.-based company’s Merlin 1D engine used on upcoming missions—flight qualification. During this program the Merlin 1D racked up a […]

On @ The 90: The Future

On @ The 90 is AmericaSpace’s editorial feature and is therefore based on opinion. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian

Predictions are dangerous things. Dick Morris, a political commentator, found this out the hard way recently. He predicted that Mitt Romney would win the U.S. presidential election in a landslide. Yeah, so much for that. Predicting […]

Opinion: “When Will We Go Back?” SEI, the VSE and the Hope for the Future

When will we have a clearly-defined objective to explore beyond low-Earth-orbit again? Image Credit: NASA

“Politicians,” astronaut John Young once said, “are a strange bunch of critters.” In its first half-century of life, NASA propelled humanity further than ever before: into space, to the Moon and to the farthest reaches of the Solar […]