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Next Launch ORB-3 on a Antares rocket from Wallops Island, VA
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21 Oct 14 2:29:00 GMT
20 Oct 14 22:29:00 EDT

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ATK Offers Solid Alternative to Replace ULA's Controversial Atlas-V Liquid RD-180 Engine

The Russian RD-180 engines which currently power the core stage of ULA’s fleet of Atlas-V rockets. Photo Credit: NASA

Last August the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center issued a Booster Propulsion and Launch System Request for Information (or RFI) for development of a new engine to replace the controversial Russian-made RD-180 engines [...]

Texas and SpaceX Break Ground for World's First Commercial Space Launch Complex

U.S Rep Filemon Vela, left, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk, center, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry break ground at SpaceX’s new commcercial space launch site in south Texas on Sept. 22, 2014. Photo: SpaceX

In the last two weeks SpaceX has accomplished quite a bit, having earned a commercial crew contract to launch [...]

Boeing and SpaceX Awarded Contracts to Fill Void Left by NASA's Retired Space Shuttles

The vehicles which will fill the void left by the retirement of NASA’s space shuttle fleet for low-Earth orbit and ISS crew transport, the Boeing CST-100 and Dragon V2 space capsules. Photo: Boeing / Robert Fisher / AmericaSpace

In 2010, with the retirement of NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program, the space agency began the [...]

Orion's Protective Shell of 970 Space Shuttle Thermal Tiles Installed for EFT-1 Mission

Inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians dressed in clean-room suits install a back shell tile panel onto the Orion crew module. Photo Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

Things are moving forward nicely at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Operations and Checkout Building in Florida, where technicians with [...]

In-Flight Anomaly Forces Self-Destruct of Experimental SpaceX Rocket in Latest Flight Test

A SpaceX F9R prototype rocket exploded during a flight test in the skies over Texas on Friday, Aug. 22, when an anomaly was detected in-flight. Photo Credit: Amanda Spence

By definition, flight tests are expected to validate a vehicle’s ability to fly as designed and reveal any issues, whether good or bad, as doing [...]

A Troubled Start to a Triumphant Mission: 37 Years Since the Launch of the Voyagers

Voyager 2 begins its journey of exploration, 37 years ago today (20 August), with a rousing liftoff atop a Titan IIIE-Centaur booster from Launch Complex (LC)-41 at Cape Canaveral. Photo Credit: NASA

A quarter-century ago, this week, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft became the first machine fashioned by human hands to travel close to the [...]

SpaceX to Build World’s First Commercial Space Launch Complex in South Texas

Artist’s concept of SpaceX’s Boca Chica commercial launch site in Brownsville, Texas. Image Credit: SpaceX

Though the news comes as no surprise, it has now been made official: SpaceX will build their commercial space launch site at Boca Chica Beach in Brownsville, Texas. The deal, which came via a press release from Texas Governor [...]

SpaceX Prepares to Score Two 'Personal Bests' With AsiaSat-8 Launch

The AsiaSat-8 payload undergoes Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) testing earlier this year. Photo Credit: AsiaSat

Close to a quarter-century of powerful geostationary communications capability for southern and southeastern Asia, together with China, India, and parts of the Middle East, is set to continue with the planned launch of SpaceX’s sixth Falcon 9 v1.1 [...]

Atlas V Successfully Launches Third GPS Satellite of 2014

Stunning perspective of the Atlas V launch, carrying the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-7 satellite into orbit. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

In stark contrast to the primarily weather-related delays which plagued its predecessor, the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-4 mission, United Launch Alliance (ULA) scored an impressive, on-time liftoff of its ninth flight of [...]

VIDEO: SpaceX Falcon-9 OG2 First Stage Landing Test Provides Crucial Data to Support Next Test on NASA CRS-4 Flight

Experimental landing legs on the SpaceX Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

It was only last week that Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) launched the first wave of a next-generation telecommunications satellite fleet to orbit for customer ORBCOMM on the OG-2 mission, but the flight also gave the Hawthorne, Calif.-based aerospace company [...]