Bezos’ Blue Origin Conducts Maiden Test Flight of ‘New Shepard’ Space Vehicle

The New Shepard space vehicle blasts off on its first developmental test flight over Blue Origin’s West Texas Launch Site. The crew capsule reached apogee at 307,000 feet before beginning its descent back to Earth. Credit: Blue Origin

Blue Origin, the aerospace company privately owned and bankrolled by billionaire and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, […]

ULA Names Vulcan as America's Next Generation Reusable Rocket Family

CEO of United Launch Alliance, Tory Bruno, announces the name of the Next Generation Launch System rocket at the 31st Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Photo Credit: Talia Landman/AmericaSpace

CEO of United Launch Alliance, Tory Bruno, announces the name of the Next Generation Launch System rocket at the 31st Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Photo Credit: Talia Landman/AmericaSpace

United Launch Alliance (ULA) CEO Tory Bruno unveiled the next generation Vulcan Rocket at the 31st Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. The Next Generation Launch […]

Blue Origin BE-3 Hydrogen Engine Successfully Completes Acceptance Testing

Blue Origin’s BE-3 rocket engine ramps up to full power operations of 110,000 lbf thrust. Photo credit: Blue Origin

Blue Origin’s BE-3 rocket engine ramps up to full power operations of 110,000 lbf thrust. Photo credit: Blue Origin

The BE-3 rocket engine is the first new hydrogen engine developed in the United States since the RS-68 engine (used on ULA’s Delta-IV) over a decade ago. The company behind the design and development of […]

Reusable Rocket Systems Eyed For ULA’s Next Generation Launchers

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta-IV Heavy will be totally phased out by the BE-4 methane powered Next Generation Launch System (NGLS). Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

Reusable rocket elements will likely be part of the Next Generation Launch System (NGLS) being unveiled by United Launch Alliance (ULA) at the 31st National Space […]

Blue Origin Successfully Tests Engine

Blue Origin’s successful test of its BE-3 high-performance liquid hydrogen engine thrust chamber at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Photo Credit: Blue Origin

Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company founded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, is making progress towards orbital launches. Earlier this month, the company successfully fired the thrust chamber assembly for its new 100,000 […]

Bolden Highlights Commercial Partners' Efforts

Charles Bolden addresses members of the media during a press event at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studios

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden stopped by NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida in an effort to highlight the efforts of the space agency’s […]

ULA Completes Critical Design Review For Human Rating Atlas V

United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket has completed its fifth milestone on the road to powering astronauts to orbit as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Development program. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is one step closer to seeing their Atlas V rocket send astronauts to orbit. ULA is one […]

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 […]

Next Generation Spacecraft No Comparison To Shuttle

None of the various spacecraft currently being developed to return U.S. astronauts to orbit have all the capabilities and capacities that NASA's decommissioned orbiters had. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

The crop of space capsules that are currently being developed to return U.S. astronauts to orbit have all-too-often been dubbed “replacements” for the […]

NASA Leadership Talk Up KSC’s Future

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (left) and Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana (right) particiate in a question-and-answer session about the upcoming test flight of an Orion spacecraft, the Space Launch System and commercial space flight efforts. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – As NASA marked 50 years of U.S. astronauts in orbit, […]