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Next Launch GPS IIF-8 on a Atlas V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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29 Oct 14 17:21:00 GMT
29 Oct 14 13:21:00 EDT

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ULA Investing in Development of Domestic Atlas-V Engine Alternative to Russian RD-180, First Flight Expected in 2019

A ULA Atlas-V rocket, under the power of a Russian RD-180 engine, launching NASA’s TDRS-L satellite. On June 16, 2014, ULA announced their intention to invest in the production of a U.S. domestic engine to replace the RD-180, with the first flight of the new engine expected to occur in 2019. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace [...]

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 [...]

Government Orders NASA to Suspend Communications With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

Standing in front of the first stage engines of their Soyuz rocket on 20 September 2013, Soyuz TMA-10M crewmen (left to right) Mike Hopkins (NASA), Oleg Kotov, and Sergei Ryazansky (both with Roscosmos) clasp hands in solidarity. Photo Credit: NASA

Today, the U.S. Government banned all NASA employees and contractors from any communication [...]

To Swim in Space: The World’s First Spacewalk (Part 2)

Pictured on the pad at Baikonur, shortly before launch, Voskhod-2 was the Soviet Union’s last major space “first” of the 1960s. The blister at the top of the payload shroud, housing the craft’s airlock, is clearly visible. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

On 18 March 1965, a representative of humanity gained a view that only God or another [...]

To Swim in Space: The World’s First Spacewalk (Part 1)

Forty-nine years ago this month, Alexei Leonov became the first human to see the Earth, unhindered by the confines of a spacecraft, as God or another space traveller might see it. The experience almost cost him his life. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

From the moment he saw it, Alexei Leonov was captivated. He and a dozen other [...]

Proton-M Triumphantly Launches Inmarsat 5-F1 Satellite

Russia’s Proton-M booster lifts off into thick cloud on 8 December, carrying the Inmarsat 5-F1 satellite for the U.K.-headquartered International Maritime Satellite Organisation. Photo Credit: ILS/Spacevids.tv

Freezing, foggy conditions at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan did nothing to prevent Russia’s venerable Proton-M booster from successfully rocketing aloft on its seventh mission of 2013, which intends [...]

Russia's Progress M-21M Cargo Ship Launches Toward Space Station

Mounted atop a descendent of Sergei Korolev’s R-7 missile, another Progress cargo craft is on its way to the International Space Station, having lifted off at 2:53 a.m. local time Tuesday, 26 November (3:53 p.m. EST Monday, 25 November), carrying payloads and supplies to the Expedition 38 crew. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

Russia has successfully launched [...]

Dnepr Prepares to Launch World Record 32 Satellites on Single Mission

The Space Head Module (SHM) is prepared for installation atop the Dnepr launch vehicle for the forthcoming flight of a record-breaking 32 satellites. Photo Credit: ISC Kosmotras

Three months after successfully lofting South Korea’s KOMPSAT-5 environmental monitoring satellite, Russia is primed to launch its next Dnepr rocket early Thursday, 21 November, carrying a record [...]

Four-Time Russian Cosmonaut Aleksandr Serebrov Dies at Age 69

Aleksandr Serebrov (center), flanked by Vasili Tsibliyev (left) and Jean-Pierre Haigneré, during Soyuz TM-17 training. It was Serebrov’s fourth and final space mission. Photo Credit: Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Serebrov—a veteran of four space missions to two different space stations and the 26th most experienced spacefarer of all time—has died at age 69. [...]

Proton-M Rocket Delivers Military Satellite Into Orbit for Russian Government

The Proton vehicle has staged close to 400 launches since mid-1965 and has one of the soundest track records for success of any vehicle in the world. Photo Credit: ILS/Mike Barrett

Under an unsurprising cloak of quietness, compared with earlier missions, a Proton-M booster has rocketed aloft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver [...]