New Improved Antares Conducts Successful Test Fire Ahead of July Return to Flight

Clouds of smoke billow above Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). Following the ORB-3 failure in October 2014, repairs and modifications to the pad were completed in the fall of 2015. Photo Credit: Patrick J. Hendrickson/Highcamera.com

Clouds of smoke billow above Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). Following the ORB-3 failure in October 2014, repairs and modifications to the pad were completed in the fall of 2015. Photo Credit: Patrick J. Hendrickson/Highcamera.com

Nineteen months after the catastrophic loss of its ORB-3 mission—laden with a Cygnus cargo spacecraft, headed for […]

As OA-4 Cygnus Departs, Commercial Cargo Providers Prepare for Busy Visiting Vehicle Manifest

The OA-4 Cygnus spacecraft is pictured high above Bolivia, just prior to release by Canadarm2. Photo Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly/Twitter

The OA-4 Cygnus spacecraft is pictured high above Bolivia, just prior to release by Canadarm2. Photo Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly/Twitter

Friday morning’s unberthing and departure of Orbital ATK’s OA-4 Cygnus cargo ship from the International Space Station (ISS)—wrapping up the first U.S. visiting vehicle mission of 2016, as well as marking the longest stay-time of […]

'Familiar to Millions of Americans': 45 Years Since Apollo 14 (Part 4)

Apollo 14 concludes humanity's third manned lunar landing with a perfect splashdown on 9 February 1971. Photo Credit: NASA

Bathed by the intense lunar sunlight, Antares sits on the undulating plain of Fra Mauro in February 1971. Photo Credit: NASA

For those of us born within the last four decades, the notion of looking up at the Moon and knowing that fellow human beings are living and working there has been as alien […]

'It's Been A Long Way': 45 Years Since Apollo 14 (Part 3)

The Apollo 14 crew, from left, consisted of Stu Roosa, Al Shepard and Ed Mitchell. They are backdropped by their official mission patch. Photo Credit: NASA

The desolation of the Fra Mauro site and the tracks of the Mobile Equipment Transporter (MET), as captured by one of the Apollo 14 astronauts. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty-five years ago, last week, the sixth team of Apollo lunar explorers—and only the third to accomplish a landing on the Moon’s dusty surface—headed back to […]

'Fat as a Goose': 45 Years Since Apollo 14 (Part 2)

Bathed by the intense lunar sunlight, Antares sits on the undulating plain of Fra Mauro in February 1971. Photo Credit: NASA

Al Shepard (foreground) and Ed Mitchell, pictured in the Lunar Module (LM) simulator during training. Photo Credit: NASA

A few hours after leaving Earth on 31 January 1971—45 years ago, this week—Apollo 14 seemed a charmed mission-in-progress, providing a stark contrast with its immediate predecessor, the ill-fated Apollo 13. As outlined in yesterday’s AmericaSpace […]

Dream Chaser, Dragon, and Cygnus All Awarded NASA CRS-2 Space Station Resupply Contracts

Unmanned version of the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser space plan proposal for NASA cargo resupply contract docks at the International Space Station. Image Credit: SNC

Unmanned version of the Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser space plane for NASA’s CRS-2 contract docks at the ISS. Image Credit: SNC

NASA announced today that all three of the remaining contenders will be awarded CRS-2 contracts to provide commercial cargo services to the International Space Station (ISS) beginning in 2019 and lasting through […]

America's Space Program Primed for New Year of Launch Accomplishments

Propelled by its three 'cores', the Falcon Heavy is now expected to make its maiden voyage no earlier than December 2016. This behemoth will cement its credentials as the most powerful rocket in current operational status, overtaking the Delta IV Heavy. Image Credit: SpaceX

Propelled by its three ‘cores’, the Falcon Heavy is expected to make its maiden voyage in April 2016. This behemoth will cement its credentials as the most powerful rocket in current operational status, overtaking the Delta IV Heavy. Image Credit: SpaceX

As the world stands on the cusp of another year of space exploration […]

2015 in Review: A Year of Success, Disappointment and Recovery

The One Year Crew, from left: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Roscosmos cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. Theirs will be the longest single piloted space mission of the 21st century. Photo Credit: NASA

The One Year Crew, from left: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Roscosmos cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. Photo Credit: NASA

As the world bids farewell to 2015, we can reflect upon a dozen months which have seen success and failure in equal measure for America’s space program. High above our heads, unprecedented activity has been undertaken […]

Orbital ATK Shows Off Repaired Launch Pad and Antares Rocket Hardware for Return to Flight

Two Antares vehicles being processed in the HIF at Wallops Island. Photo Credit: Elliot Severn / AmericaSpace

Two Antares vehicles being processed in the HIF at Wallops Island. Photo Credit: Elliot Severn / AmericaSpace

With the return to flight of Antares quickly approaching, launch operations at Wallops Island are in full swing both in the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) and at Launch Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). AmericaSpace […]

All Systems GO for Twilight Return of Cygnus to Space Station on Atlas-V Thursday

December's OA-4 mission marks the first flight of Orbital ATK's new "Enhanced Cygnus." Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

December’s OA-4 mission marks the first flight of Orbital ATK’s new “Enhanced Cygnus.” Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

More than a year since the catastrophic loss of its ORB-3 mission—which fell back onto Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island, Va., following the failure and explosion of its Antares […]