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NASA Awards Orbital Sciences Launch Services Contract for Hurricane-Forecasting CYGNSS Mission

The CYGNSS mission is comprised of eight Low-Earth Orbiting (LEO) spacecraft (S/C) that receive both direct (white lines) and reflected (blue lines) signals from GPS satellites. The direct signals pinpoint LEO S/C positions, while the reflected signals respond to ocean surface roughness, from which wind speed is retrieved. GPS bi-static scatterometry measures ocean surface winds at [...]

Recently Declassified USAF Space Surveillance Program Pushes Orion Flight Test to December

NASA’s Orion spacecraft will launch on EFT-1 NET in December 2014 atop a ULA Delta-IV Heavy rocket, the same pictured here launching a top-secret payload for the U.S. Government on mission NROL-15. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

One of the most anticipated spaceflights of the last couple years is now delayed by nearly [...]

SpaceX and United Launch Alliance Face-Off at Hearing for Military Launch Contracts

United Launch Alliance CEO Michael Gass (top left) and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (bottom right) testified at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on Wed., March 5, each outlining why their respective launch services are the best choice for the U.S. Government and tax-payer. Photo Credits: Committee on Appropriations / [...]

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 [...]

Türksat 4A Ready for Rollout at Baikonur, Ahead of Friday Night Proton-M Launch

The six outboard propellant tanks, each with its own RD-276 engine, are clearly visible as the Proton-M is transferred to the fueling facility at Baikonur. Photo Credit: ILS

With three days to go, International Launch Services (ILS)—the joint U.S.-Russian company which operates all commercial Proton-M rockets out of Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan—stands ready to deliver [...]

PHOTOS: Atlas-V Lights Up Florida Space Coast to Deliver NASA's TDRS-L Satellite

The rotation of the Earth captured in the trails of the stars over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station last Thursday night. NASA’s latest Tracking & Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-L, is seen here hitching a fiery ride to orbit atop an Atlas-V rocket, as viewed from the Turn Basin on Kennedy Space Center just a [...]

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 [...]

SpaceX Thaicom-6 Launch Delayed Until at Least Monday, Jan. 6

SpaceX has delayed their first launch of 2014 until NET Jan. 6, 2014. Photo Credit: SpaceX

With roughly 25 hours before launch, Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, has reportedly delayed their first launch of 2014 by at least three days, a move meant to give the launch team in Florida time to resolve an [...]

All Systems GO For SpaceX To Conduct First US Space Launch Of 2014 On Jan. 3

SpaceX will kick off 2013 with their Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket on its third flight this Friday, Jan. 3, to deliver the Thaicom-6 satellite into orbit for Thaicom PLC. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Jeffrey J. Soulliere

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