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Mission: Invisible? SpaceX's Non-Webcasted OG-2 Mission Scrubbed by Poor Weather

SpaceX’s third Falcon 9 v1.1 mission of 2014 must wait a little longer, following Saturday’s weather delay. Photo Credit: John Studwell

After many delays—including yesterday’s down-to-the-wire launch attempt, scrubbed in its final minutes, following an anomalous “pressure decrease” in the second stage of the Falcon 9 v1.1 booster—SpaceX fell foul Cape Canaveral’s dynamic weather [...]

Second Stage 'Pressure Decrease' Issue Scrubs Falcon 9 Launch Attempt

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 must wait a little longer to deliver Orbcomm’s first six OG-2 satellites into orbit. Photo Credit: Ken Kremer

Six Orbcomm Generation-2 (OG-2) satellites must wait a little longer for their ride into low-Earth orbit, as SpaceX identified an apparent “pressure decrease” in the second stage of its Falcon 9 v1.1 [...]

Long-Delayed Falcon 9 Ready to Boost Six OG-2 Satellites on Friday, 20 June

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 stands ready for its static hot-fire test on Friday, 13 June. Photo Credit: Ken Kremer

After many delays, SpaceX is ready to launch its fifth Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket on Friday, 20 June, with liftoff currently scheduled to occur at 6:08 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral [...]

MAVEN Celebrates 100 Days From Mars Orbit Insertion on Friday the 13th

MAVEN—NASA’s next Red Planet orbiter—marks 100 days from Mars orbit insertion (MOI) engine firing on Friday the 13th of June 2014. MAVEN arrives at Mars on Sept. 21, 2014. Credit: NASA

Are you Friggatriskaidekaphobic (suffering from the irrational fear of Friday the 13th)?

Supremely defying any hints of superstition, the fearless team directing MAVEN—NASA’s [...]

SpaceX and ORBCOMM NO GO for Sunday OG2 Launch Pending Further Analysis of Payload Health

An OG2 satellite preparing for testing ahead of launch. Photo Credit: Sierra Nevada Corp.

The next SpaceX Falcon 9 launch, one which will (hopefully) deliver the first six of 17 next-generation commercial telecommunications satellites (identified as OG2) to an elliptical low-Earth orbit for customer ORBCOMM, has been delayed again to give ORBCOMM more time to ensure that [...]

SpaceX and ORBCOMM Aiming for June 15 Launch With Next Generation OG2 Satellites

The next SpaceX Falcon-9 mission for customer ORBCOMM is now expected to fly June 15. Image Credit: SpaceX / ORBCOMM

Speculation has been plentiful this past week regarding a new target launch date for the next SpaceX Falcon 9 mission, one which will (hopefully) deliver the first six of 17 next-generation commercial [...]

NASA Gives Citizen Scientists 'Keys' to Long-Decommissioned ISEE-3 Spacecraft

This diagram shows the torturous path the ISEE-3 (later ICE) spacecraft made over its 19-year operational life. NASA recently signed an agreement with the ISEE-3 Reboot Project team, who are working on breathing new life into the defunct spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA

On Wednesday, May 21, it was announced that NASA gave a group [...]

ULA Delivers Classified NRO Satellite to Orbit on Company's Second Launch in Less Than a Week

A ULA Atlas-V rocket launching a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnassiance Office on May 22, 2014, from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Mission NROL-33. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

A classified top-secret satellite for the U.S. government made its way to space this morning, thundering atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket into [...]

ULA Primed for Classified NROL-33 Mission on Sixth Launch of 2014

Mission artwork for the National Reconnaissance Office Launch (NROL)-33 mission. Image Credit: ULA

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is primed to launch its sixth mission in less than four months on Thursday, 22 May, when it delivers the classified NROL-33 payload into orbit on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office. Liftoff of the Atlas V booster, [...]

Splashdown! SpaceX Dragon Comes Home After Month-Long ISS Jaunt

SPLASHDOWN! SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule lands in the Pacific Ocean, ending the successful month-long CRS-3 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday, May 18. Photo from SpaceX’s Facebook page

The SpaceX Dragon Commercial Resupply Services (CRS)-3 mission came to a successful conclusion Sunday, May 18, when the capsule hurtled back to Earth [...]