SpaceX Jason-3 First Stage Falcon Will Attempt ASDS Landing at Sea

SpaceX Falcon-9 first stage booster attempting to land on an offshore barge after launching the Dragon CRS-6 mission to the ISS for NASA in April 2015. Photo Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX has confirmed they will attempt to land their Falcon-9 first stage booster on one of two offshore barges after launching the Jason-3 satellite from Vandenberg AFB in Southern California, currently scheduled to launch No-Earlier-Than (NET) Jan. 17. Photo Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX has confirmed they will attempt to land their Falcon-9 first stage booster […]

SpaceX Launch and Landing Attempt GO Tonight at Cape Canaveral

SpaceX is scheduled to launch their Falcon-9 rocket tonight on its first launch since the loss of CRS-7 last summer. The mission is to deliver 11 OG2 satellites to low-Earth orbit for Orbcomm, but SpaceX has a secondary objective to land the booster's first stage back at Cape Canaveral minutes after launch, on a landing pad at the Cape's former Launch Complex 13; it is now Landing Zone 1. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

SpaceX is scheduled to launch their Falcon-9 rocket tonight on its first launch since the loss of CRS-7 last summer. The mission is to deliver 11 OG2 satellites to low-Earth orbit for Orbcomm, but SpaceX has a secondary objective to land the booster’s first stage back at Cape Canaveral minutes after launch, on a […]

Details of Falcon-9 Booster Landing Attempt at Cape Canaveral Sunday Night

Illustration of a SpaceX Falcon-9 booster with its landing legs and hypersonic grid fins deployed for a landing attempt. The company will attempt this feat at Cape Canaveral, for the first time, with launch of the Orbcomm OG-2 mission Sunday evening. Image Credit: SpaceX

Illustration of a SpaceX Falcon-9 booster with its landing legs and hypersonic grid fins deployed for a landing attempt. The company will attempt this feat at Cape Canaveral, for the first time, with launch of the Orbcomm OG-2 mission Sunday evening. Image Credit: SpaceX

Six months after its 19th mission ended in pieces falling […]

SpaceX Completes Hot Fire Test, Eyes NET Sunday Night for Falcon-9 Return to Flight

After several delays SpaceX conducted their standard static test fire at SLC-40 this evening at Cape Canaveral AFS in Florida, paving the way for a NET Sunday launch attempt, which will mark the inaugural flight of the upgraded SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket, previously known informally as the "Full Thrust" (FT) or "v1.2". Photo Credit: Michael Seeley / www.PhotosOfStuff.net

After several delays SpaceX conducted their standard static test fire at SLC-40 this evening at Cape Canaveral AFS in Florida, paving the way for a NET Sunday launch attempt, which will mark the inaugural flight of the upgraded SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket, previously known informally as the “Full Thrust” (FT) or “v1.2”. Photo Credit: Michael […]

RD-180 Engine Procurement Ban Overturned, Revealing Sharp Space Policy Differences

Twin nozzle RD-180 engines, which power ULA's Atlas-V rocket and many of the nation's national security payloads into space, await shipment to the U.S. from Energomash in Khimky Russia. Photo Credit: Energomash

Twin nozzle RD-180 engines, which power ULA’s Atlas-V rocket and many of the nation’s national security payloads into space, await shipment to the U.S. from Energomash in Khimky Russia. Photo Credit: Energomash

In a major military space policy shift, United Launch Alliance (ULA) will be allowed to procure more Russian RD-180 engines for the […]

Gov't Officials Pummel ULA and Raytheon for Poor Atlas-V Judgement and GPS III Ground Segment Performance

Like the OA-4 mission in December 2015, tomorrow's OA-6 will ride an Atlas V booster to orbit. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

A ULA Atlas-V rocket, powered by a Russian RD-180 engine, lofts Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo freighter to the International Space Station Dec 6, 2015. ULA and Raytheon were pummeled by Sen. McCain and USAF Gen. Hyten this week over poor Atlas-V judgement and GPS-III ground segment performance. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

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Falcon-9 Aiming for Dec. 19 RTF with Orbcomm Satellites, Booster Landing Plans Still Unclear

Elon Musk announced today the updated Return to Flight date for their next Falcon-9 launch, which is now scheduled for nighttime on December 19 to deliver 11 satellites to orbit for Orbcomm. File Photo, Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Elon Musk announced today the updated Return to Flight date for their next Falcon-9 launch, which is now scheduled for nighttime on Dec. 19 to deliver 11 satellites to orbit for Orbcomm. File Photo, Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Six months after its 19th mission ended in pieces of falling debris offshore of Cape […]

MUOS-4 Completes On-Orbit Testing Ahead of Operational Acceptance Next Spring

File photo of the U.S. Navy's MUOS-4 satellite, which this week completed on-orbit testing and was officially accepted by the Navy to go operational next spring. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

File photo of the U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4 satellite, which this week completed on-orbit testing and was officially accepted by the Navy to go operational next spring. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

The fourth in a Lockheed Martin-built five-ship fleet for a next-generation, narrowband tactical military satellite communications system was officially accepted by the U.S. Navy this […]

ULA Offers Universities Free CubeSat Rides on Future Launches, First Slot Goes To CU Boulder

A ULA Atlas-V 401 rocket launching the GPS 2F-11 satellite for the USAF from SLC-41. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced today it is taking CubeSat rideshares to the next level by launching a new, innovative program offering universities the chance to compete for at least six CubeSat launch slots on two Atlas V missions, with a goal to eventually add university CubeSat slots to nearly every Atlas and Vulcan […]

ULA Firm On No Bid Face-off With USAF on RD-180 and GPS-III Launch Procurement Policy

A United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket launching with the U.S. Air Force GPS 2F-11 satellite Oct. 31, 2015. The USAF believes that ULA had options that would have allowed it to bid on the initial GPS III launch in 2018, but given ULA’s RD-180 engine supply, the company decided instead to cede that launch to SpaceX. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

A United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket launching with the U.S. Air Force GPS 2F-11 satellite Oct. 31, 2015. The USAF believes that ULA had options that would have allowed it to bid on the initial GPS III launch in 2018, but given ULA’s RD-180 engine supply, the company decided instead to cede that launch […]