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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 / [...]

Happy Birthday, DSN: NASA's Iconic Deep Space Communication Network Turns 50

The 70-meter antenna at Goldstone, Calif., one of the Deep Space Network facilities. The DSN celebrates, this month, its 50th anniversary of history-making operations. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The history of spaceflight is full of missions that have celebrated important milestones in space during Christmas Eve—from Apollo 8′s manned flight into lunar orbit in 1968 [...]

Engine Problems Delay Next Week's Planned ULA Delta-IV GPS IIF-5 Launch

The Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-5 is moved onto a transporter on 17 September 2013, whilst in clean room conditions at the Navstar Processing Facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Photo Credit: Boeing

Next week’s planned launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta-IV rocket with the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-5 satellite [...]

Retro Space Images: STS-28 Post-Launch Activity

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Just the Facts: Members of the press surround Kennedy Space Center Director Forrest McCartney following the successful launch of STS-28 and Space Shuttle Columbia on Aug. 8, 1989. The STS-28 mission was the fourth shuttle mission dedicated to the Department of Defense. Photo was taken at the Complex [...]

Launch Viewing Guide: Atlas-V Rocket To Launch X-37B Space Plane Tuesday Afternoon

Launch of the USAF secretive X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) on its second flight, OTV-2, March 5, 2011. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / www.AWaltersPhoto.com

Launch of the USAF secretive X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) on its second flight, OTV-2, March 5, 2011. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / www.AWaltersPhoto.com

After being postponed for over a month, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is ready to launch a secretive space plane for the USAF on its third mission this coming Tuesday, December [...]

Launch Viewing Guide: Delta-IV To Launch GPS IIF-3 Thursday Morning

Credit: United Launch Alliance

Credit: United Launch Alliance

All systems are GO for a Thursday morning launch attempt of a United Launch Alliance Delta-IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 37.  The rocket will thunder into space to put the GPS IIF-3 satellite into orbit for the U.S. Air Force.  GPS IIF-3 is one [...]

Astronaut Guardian Angels Perform Flawless Air Show Rescue Demos

Pararescuemen from the 920th Rescue Wing, based out of Patrick Air Force, perform a search-and-rescue demo at this weekend's Cocoa Beach Air Show. Known as PJ's, they were the primary rescue force serving as “guardians of the astronauts” for 50 years, providing contingency response for a variety of emergencies that could potentially come up during a shuttle launch or landing. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / www.AWaltersPhoto.com

Pararescuemen from the 920th Rescue Wing, based out of Patrick Air Force, perform a search-and-rescue demo at this weekend’s Cocoa Beach Air Show. Known as PJ’s, they were the primary rescue force serving as “guardians of the astronauts” for 50 years, providing contingency response for a variety of emergencies that could potentially come up [...]

ATK Hosts GEM Tweetup

Image Credit: ATK

ATK will be hosting a “Tweetup” for a static test firing of the Utah-based company’s GEM-60 solid rocket booster. Registration is currently open and will close on Aug. 31. The test firing and Tweetup are scheduled to take place on Sept. 6. To register, interested individuals need to email hillary.searle@atk.com by [...]

Solar Electric Propulsion Could Slash the Price of Manned Missions

A schematic with all Aerojet satellite that feature SEP systems. Image Credit: Aerojet

It’s not news that propulsion methods have the potential to radically affect spaceflight. Classic chemical propellants like the liquid oxygen/refined kerosene combination that powered the Saturn V are heavy and hard to store on long-duration deep space missions. Nuclear propellants offer [...]