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SpaceX Successfully Delivers AsiaSat-6 to Orbit in Spectacular Sunday Morning Launch

SpaceX has successfully lofted its fifth Falcon 9 v1.1 mission of 2014, and its seventh flight of the upgraded booster in less than 12 months. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

In spite of ominous weather conditions at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., which required a slight, 10-minute adjustment of the targeted T-0 launch time, [...]

SpaceX Targets Early Sunday for AsiaSat-6 Launch Attempt

The AsiaSat-6 payload undergoes final processing, ahead of its launch. Photo Credit: AsiaSat

Two weeks later than planned, SpaceX is tracking a revised launch attempt for the AsiaSat-6 geostationary mission early Sunday, 7 September. According to the 45th Space Wing, SpaceX will fly its fifth Falcon 9 v1.1 vehicle of 2014 from Space Launch Complex [...]

NASA Invites Public to Submit Messages to Asteroid Bennu

Artist concept of OSIRIS-REx in the environs of Asteroid Bennu. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

With two years still to go before its planned launch, the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has been granted another mission: to carry short social media messages and images from people on Earth in a time capsule to [...]

Dream Chaser’s SUV-Like Flexibility and Runway Landing Offer Competitive Advantages: One-on-One Interview With SNC VP Mark Sirangelo (Part 5)

Astronaut crew exits commercial Dream Chaser after touchdown at Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) or other commercial runways, on return from ISS mission in this artist’s concept. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Story updated

The winged Dream Chaser’s “SUV-like” flexibility to act as both a crew transporter and “specialized research laboratory,” combined with a global [...]

'You'd Be Booked Up': 30 Years Since the Maiden Voyage of Shuttle Discovery (Part 1)

Hank Hartsfield (bottom center), surrounded by his STS-41D crewmates on the maiden voyage of Discovery in August 1984. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty years ago, today (30 August 1984), the Shuttle Discovery—which would become, in time, the most-flown member of NASA’s fleet of orbiters—embarked on her maiden space voyage, launching from Pad 39A at the [...]

SpaceX Primed to Launch Second AsiaSat Mission in Three Weeks

The AsiaSat-6 payload undergoes final processing, ahead of its launch on Tuesday, 26 August. Photo Credit: AsiaSat

Three weeks after launching the AsiaSat-8 communications satellite, SpaceX is primed to deliver its sibling, AsiaSat-6, into geostationary transfer orbit at an altitude of 22,236 miles (35,786 km) on Wednesday, 27 August. The Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch services organization—headed by entrepreneur [...]

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 [...]

'The Worst Tasting Coffee': 25 Years Since the Secret Mission of STS-28 (Part 2)

Columbia rockets into orbit on the first (and only) wholly classified mission of her career. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-five years ago, this week, the Shuttle Columbia returned to flight, following a three-year down time in the aftermath of the Challenger disaster. Aboard STS-28 for a five-day flight were Commander Brewster Shaw, Pilot Dick Richards, [...]

'Constrained Arrangement': 25 Years Since the Secret Mission of STS-28 (Part 1)

Pictured during her rollout to Pad 39B, Columbia was embarking on her first flight since the Challenger disaster. Photo Credit: Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Astronaut Dick Richards was five weeks from his first launch into space when the Challenger disaster cruelly snatched the opportunity from him. In January 1985, Richards had been named as Jon McBride’s [...]

SpaceX Achieves Record-Setting Second Mission in Three Weeks

AsiaSat-8 begins its journey to geostationary transfer orbit, atop 2014’s fourth Falcon 9 v1.1. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

In spite of a nail-biting scrub in the final seconds, and ultimately erroneous rumors of a 24-hour delay, SpaceX successfully launched a record-setting fourth mission of 2014 at 4:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday, 5 August, delivering the [...]