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TDRS-L and Atlas V Readied for 23 January Launch

Pictured in the pre-dawn darkness of Monday, 13 January, during rollout from Astrotech’s payload processing facility to SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the TDRS-L payload shroud is emblazoned with the mission logos. Photo Credit: Jacques van Oene/AmericaSpace

More than 30 years since its maiden launch, NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) [...]

SpaceX Thaicom-6 Launch Delayed Until at Least Monday, Jan. 6

SpaceX has delayed their first launch of 2014 until NET Jan. 6, 2014. Photo Credit: SpaceX

With roughly 25 hours before launch, Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, has reportedly delayed their first launch of 2014 by at least three days, a move meant to give the launch team in Florida time to resolve an [...]

Successful Hot-Fire Test Clears SpaceX for 3 January Launch of Thaicom-6

The Falcon 9 v1.1 casts an unusual plume trail during its ascent on 3 December to deliver the SES-8 communications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit. Credit: John Studwell

Following a successful static test firing last weekend at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40, SpaceX stands ready for its second commercial mission [...]

All Systems GO For SpaceX To Conduct First US Space Launch Of 2014 On Jan. 3

SpaceX will kick off 2013 with their Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket on its third flight this Friday, Jan. 3, to deliver the Thaicom-6 satellite into orbit for Thaicom PLC. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Jeffrey J. Soulliere

With 2013 now but a memory, America’s space program is wasting no time kicking off the new year, with [...]

With TDRS-L Arrival, NASA's Next Tracking and Data Relay Satellite Begins Final Preparations for January Launch

Like an oversized insect, TDRS-L is visually quite distinct from its cousins of the shuttle-launched first generation of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA’s 12th Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) will shortly begin final processing at the Kennedy Space Center, following its delivery last week to Florida aboard a U.S. [...]

ULA Prepares for Fifth Atlas V 501 Mission to Deliver Classified NROL-39 Payload to Orbit

Like February’s flight of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the NROL-39 payload will be launched atop an Atlas V in its “501″ configuration. Photo Credit: ULA / Pat Corkery

For only the fifth time in its history, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is primed to fly an Atlas V in its “501″ configuration Thursday, [...]

Third Time Lucky for SpaceX as Falcon 9 Completes First GEO Transfer Mission

The second Falcon 9 v1.1, and SpaceX’s first mission to geostationary transfer orbit, launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Tuesday, 3 December. Photo Credit: SpaceX, via Mike Barrett

After two false starts, it was third time lucky for SpaceX—the Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch services organization, headed by entrepreneur Elon Musk—as the second Falcon [...]

SpaceX Gives Thanks as Falcon 9 Safety System Cuts In to Halt Problematic Countdown

 

After two eventful countdowns on Monday and tonight, the Falcon 9 v1.1 has demonstrated the efficacy of its safety systems and remains primed to fly another day. Photo Credit: SpaceX

For only the second time in spaceflight history, Cape Canaveral was rocked by the roar of rocket engines on Thanksgiving, as SpaceX’s Falcon [...]

SpaceX's First GEO Transfer Mission Scrubbed by Technical Issues

The Falcon 9 v1.1 is powered by SpaceX’s upgraded Merlin-1D powerplant and on the company’s “First GEO Transfer Mission” will deliver the SES-8 communications satellite into orbit. Photo Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX’s second Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket—and the first from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s storied Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40—must wait a little longer to [...]

SpaceX Prepares for High-Jump Falcon 9 Mission to Geostationary Orbit

The SES-8 communications satellite will be SpaceX’s first payload destined for geostationary transfer orbit. Photo Credit: SES

With a launch record that has so far carried it no higher than low-Earth orbit, SpaceX plans a figurative and literal leap in altitude this week with Monday night’s liftoff of its two-stage Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket, [...]