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Next Launch CRS-4 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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SpaceX and ORBCOMM NO GO for Sunday OG2 Launch Pending Further Analysis of Payload Health

An OG2 satellite preparing for testing ahead of launch. Photo Credit: Sierra Nevada Corp.

The next SpaceX Falcon 9 launch, one which will (hopefully) deliver the first six of 17 next-generation commercial telecommunications satellites (identified as OG2) to an elliptical low-Earth orbit for customer ORBCOMM, has been delayed again to give ORBCOMM more time to ensure that [...]

SpaceX and ORBCOMM Aiming for June 15 Launch With Next Generation OG2 Satellites

The next SpaceX Falcon-9 mission for customer ORBCOMM is now expected to fly June 15. Image Credit: SpaceX / ORBCOMM

Speculation has been plentiful this past week regarding a new target launch date for the next SpaceX Falcon 9 mission, one which will (hopefully) deliver the first six of 17 next-generation commercial [...]

ULA Delivers Classified NRO Satellite to Orbit on Company's Second Launch in Less Than a Week

A ULA Atlas-V rocket launching a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnassiance Office on May 22, 2014, from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Mission NROL-33. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

A classified top-secret satellite for the U.S. government made its way to space this morning, thundering atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket into [...]

PHOTOS: Stunning Views Capture Friday's Sunset ULA Delta-IV Launch With GPS IIF-6

A ULA Delta-IV rocket takes flight on its 26th mission Friday, May 16, 2014, on a mission to deliver the GPS IIF-6 satellite to orbit for the U.S. Air Force. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

A beautiful Florida sunset was outdone by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta-IV rocket last night with the [...]

United Launch Alliance Delivers Next Generation GPS Satellite to Orbit on Delta-IV's 26th Mission

ULA’s Delta-IV lofting the GPS IIF-6 satellite to orbit on the Delta’s 26th flight. Screen Grab Credit: ULA / AmericaSpace

A beautiful Florida sunset was outdone by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta-IV rocket this evening with the successful delivery of the next Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite to a semi-synchronous 11,000-mile-high circular orbit for the [...]

‘A Big Mental Switch': The Maiden Voyage of Endeavour (Part 2)

Two decades have passed since Endeavour’s maiden voyage; a voyage which set record after record in terms of EVA, accomplishment and astronaut endurance, including the first (and so far only) three-person spacewalk. She continued to set records for the rest of her operational life. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-two years ago, on 7 May 1992, the [...]

'A Mission We Wanted to Do': The Maiden Voyage of Endeavour (Part 1)

With the possible exception of Columbia and the very first space shuttle mission, few orbiters had as dramatic and exciting a maiden voyage as Endeavour. On STS-49, she provided a reliable stage for the longest EVA in history and the first three-man EVA in history. Despite the trials and tribulations of the flight, she [...]

On the Defensive: ULA Responds to SpaceX Lawsuit and Court Order Banning Purchase of Russian Engines

A ULA Atlas-V rocket launching NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity rover on a 300-million-mile trip to land on the Red Planet. As of April 30, ULA is temporarily banned under court order from purchasing the Russian-made engine to power the rocket into space. Photo Credit: Mike Killian

It was just a week ago that Elon [...]

SpaceX Filing Suit Against US Air Force's Recent $3 Billion No-Bid Bulk Buy of 36 ULA Rockets

A SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket (left) and a ULA Atlas-V (right). SpaceX is filing a lawsuit against the Federal Government for the right to compete for Department of Defense and other government launch contracts, which ULA currently has a monopoly over. Photo Credits: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters / Mike Killian

It is no secret in [...]

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 [...]