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Suomi NPP Satellite Captures Stunning Images of Earth

Earth at night, as seen by the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC

The images that NASA produces of deep space objects are always incredible. In this case, however, a spacecraft jointly operated by NASA and its sister organization, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has captured an image [...]

Atlas V Stands Ready to Loft Classified OTV-3 Mini-Shuttle

The X-37B’s deployable solar array enables it to ‘loiter’ in low-Earth orbit for far longer than the Shuttle could ever achieve. With two missions behind it—the first of which lasted 224 days, the second 469—it remains to be seen how long OTV-3 will remain aloft. Image Credit: Boeing Phantom Works

After several delays, United [...]

Range Issue Spells Two-Week Delay for NROL-36 and ‘Rosie’

The launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, with its NROL-36 payload, has been delayed until no-earlier-than Aug. 14, 2012. Photo Credit: Pat Corkery / ULA

A baker’s dozen of satellites – including a critical $1.3 billion sentinel for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), designed to electronically monitor worldwide military and [...]

Of Polar Bears and Thematic Mappers: The 40-Year Landsat Achievement

Landsat 7, the most recent arrival in a family which began as the Earth Resources Technology Satellite, has operated from near-polar orbit since April 1999. In February of next year, it and the aging Landsat 5 will be joined by the next-generation Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). Image Credit: NASA

Twelve miles off the [...]

NASA Breathes New Life Into Reliable United Launch Alliance Workhorse

In this image a Delta II rocket thunders off of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex-17 in Florida. At the time this was thought to be the final flight of a Delta II. With this latest announcement however the Delta II will see at least three more missions – all from Vandenberg [...]

SpaceX Moves Ahead With Merlin 1D Full-Duration Firing

At SpaceX's Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas, the Merlin 1D engine burns furiously in its first full-flight-duration firing. From 2013 onwards, this engine will form the powerhouse of the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Riding the triumphant coattails of last month’s Dragon demo flight to the International Space [...]

ULA Reflects on 50th Launch Under EELV Program

With the upcoming flight Atlas V rocket, United Launch Alliance will mark the fiftieth liftoff under Expendable Launch Vehicle Program. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program began in the 1990s with the express purpose of guaranteeing access to orbit for Department of Defense and United States Air Force [...]

USAF Tucks a Flawless X-37B Landing Under its Belt

The X-37B on the runway after its successful landing on June 16. Photo Credit: Boeing/USAF

Yesterday, the US Air Force’s unmanned X-37B reusable space plane made a flawless autonomous landing Vandenberg Air Force Base. It was the second such landing at the Vandenberg, which sits 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles, and its success [...]

Top Secret KH-11 Spysat Design Revealed By NRO’s Twin Telescope Gift to NASA

Graphic characterizes the off track imaging capability of the NRO KH-11 Reconnaissance spacecraft. Image Credit: Trendsbuzz.com

The design of the legendary  National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) KH-11 type digital imaging reconnaissance spacecraft,  top secret for 36 years,  has been revealed by the NRO’s transfer to NASA of two surplus recon satellite telescopes which NASA now [...]

ULA Launches Delta IV Medium With NROL-25

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket successfully carried its NRO payload to orbit at 4:12 p.m. PDT. Photo Credit: Pat Corkery / United Launch Alliance

The skies of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California trembled from the roar of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Medium+ 5, 2 rocket. The payload for [...]