NTSB Determines Probable Cause of Fatal SpaceShipTwo Crash, Unknown if Delays Contributed to the Accident

The National Transportation and Safety Board met on July 28, 2015, to discuss the probably cause surrounding the fatal SpaceShipTwo accident that occurred in late October 2014. Photo Credit: NTSB

The National Transportation and Safety Board met on July 28, 2015, to discuss the probably cause surrounding the fatal SpaceShipTwo accident that occurred in late October 2014. Photo Credit: NTSB

After a series of delays on the morning of October 31, 2014, pilot Peter Siebold and co-pilot Michael Alsbury soared over the Mojave Desert […]

Atlas V Launch of 70th USAF GPS Commemorates 20th Anniversary of Famed Navigation System

Launch of the GPS IIF - 10 from Playalinda Beach. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

Launch of the GPS 2F-10 from Playalinda Beach near Cape Canaveral. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

The July 15 launch from Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 41 of the Air Force/Boeing GPS 2F-10 navigation spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 marks the 20th anniversary of a fully operational GPS constellation.

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Moon Bound Google Lunar XPRIZE Awards $5.25 Million in Milestone Prizes

The $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE is a competition designed to inspire young scientists and engineers to build a robot and safely land it on the lunar surface while on a strict budget. (Photo credit: Google Lunar XPRIZE)

The $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE is a competition designed to inspire young scientists and engineers to build a robot and safely land it on the lunar surface while on a strict budget. (Photo credit: Google Lunar XPRIZE)

A total of $5.25 million in Milestone Prizes was awarded to five teams this week, on […]

CRS Program Update

Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft Photo Credit: AmericaSpace

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Under the Under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract, Orbital Sciences[1][2] and SpaceX[3][4] are each to be paid $1.6 billion to deliver 20 metric tons, or 44,100 lbs, of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). Under the terms of CRS, SpaceX will […]

ESC Empowers Part 1: The People that Make the Magic

The first in a six-part series detailing the men and women working on the contract that is working to rebuild and redirect NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for the future. Image Credit: Jason Rhian

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – The general public views NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as the place where America launches astronauts into space. […]

Next SpaceX Commercial Resupply Flight Delayed

The next launch of one of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft atop one of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets is now slated to occur no earlier than March of next year. Photo Credit: Jeff Seibert / Wired4Space

The second commercial flight of Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) Dragon cargo vessel to the International Space Station (ISS) has […]

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 […]

SpaceX, NASA to Host Social Marking Launch of Historic Mission

NASA is opening its doors to fans of social media to witness the historic launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket with its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/awaltersphoto.com

Fans of Social Media and NewSpace have a rare opportunity to tweet about their passion – and experience history. Their chance […]

SpaceX To Webcast Falcon 9 Test Fire

Image Credit: SpaceX

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — On Monday, April 30, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will take the final step on the road to orbit before launching one of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets May 7. The NewSpace firm will conduct what is known as a static test fire of the rocket’s nine Merlin […]

NASA To Hold “Tweet Chat” With C3PO Program Manager

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NASA will be hosting a “tweet chat” tomorrow with the space agency’s Commercial Crew & Cargo Program Office manager Ed Mango. The chat will take place at 2 p.m. EDT. The chat is being held to detail NASA’s efforts to regain the ability to launch […]