ULA Stands Ready to Deliver Second Orbital ATK Cygnus to Space Station on Tuesday Night

Topped by the OA-6 Cygnus spacecraft, within its Extra-Extended Payload Fairing (XEPF), the Atlas V 401 rolls the short distance from the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) to the pad surface of Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 on Monday, 21 March. Photo Credit: ULA

Orbital ATK’s OA-6 Cygnus spacecraft is readied for its 22 March launch to the International Space Station (ISS). Photo Credit: Talia Landman / AmericaSpace

Barely a month since the last of its kind—the OA-4 mission—returned to a fiery demise in Earth’s atmosphere, Orbital ATK will deliver another Cygnus cargo ship towards the International Space […]

Columbia's Final Commander Honored in Upcoming Cygnus Resupply Mission to ISS

The Orbital ATK Cygnus resupply ship "S.S. Rick Husband", packed with 7,700 pounds of supplies, hardware and experiments, undergoing final processing in the KSC clean room March 8, ahead of its scheduled launch to the ISS atop a ULA Atlas-V booster from nearby Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 41 on the night of March 22. Photo Credit: Talia Landman / AmericaSpace

Stunning perspective of the departure of the OA-4 Cygnus on 19 February. Less than six weeks later, the OA-6 Cygnus will transport a range of research payloads to the International Space Station (ISS) and will bear the name of an astronaut who actually helped build the orbital outpost. Photo Credit: NASA/Tim Peake/Twitter

In keeping […]

On Fifth Attempt, SpaceX Upgraded Falcon 9 Successfully Delivers SES-9 Payload to Orbit

Dramatic shutdown in the final moments before T-0 on 28 February. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

After no less than four scrubbed launch attempts, SpaceX’s second Upgraded Falcon 9 rocketed into orbit on Friday, 4 March, to deliver the SES-9 communications satellite to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

It was fifth time lucky for SpaceX tonight (Friday, 4 March), as the Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch services company successfully […]

One-Year Crew Prepares to Depart Space Station for Return to Earth

With Sergei Volkov (center) commanding the return to Earth, One-Year crewman Scott Kelly (left) and Mikhail Kornienko will wrap up the longest single space mission of the 21st century next week. Photo Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly/Twitter

With Sergei Volkov (center) commanding the return to Earth, One-Year crewman Scott Kelly (left) and Mikhail Kornienko will wrap up the longest single space mission of the 21st century next week. Photo Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly/Twitter

Scott Kelly has certainly been waxing lyrical recently, as he wraps up the last couple of percent of his […]

SpaceX Prepares to Deliver Heavyweight SES-9 Satellite to Orbit on Wednesday

Encapsulated within its two-piece (or "bisector") Payload Fairing (PLF), the SES-9 satellite is readied for integration with the Upgraded Falcon 9 booster. Photo Credit: SES/Twitter

Tomorrow’s opening launch attempt will be the Upgraded Falcon 9’s first foray toward Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). Photo Credit: 45th Space Wing

For the first time, SpaceX’s Upgraded Falcon 9 booster—which delivered 11 Orbcomm Generation-2 (OG-2) satellites into low-Earth orbit, just before Christmas—will transport its first payload from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape […]

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 […]

Asteroid Visitor, Asteroid Orbiter, Asteroid Lander: 20 Years Since the Launch of NEAR Shoemaker

Asteroid 433 Eros, visited by the Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR)-Shoemaker during 1998-2001. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago, today, on 17 February 1996, NASA’s Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR)—a name later adjusted to honor the planetary scientist Gene Shoemaker—rocketed away from Launch Complex (LC)-17B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a venerable Delta […]

A Year of DSCOVR-y: Joint NASA/NOAA Earth-Watcher Celebrates 12 Months of Operations

The lunar farside begins its transit of the sunlit Earth, as seen by the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) in July 2015. Photo Credit: NASA/NOAA

 

The lunar farside begins its transit of the sunlit Earth, as seen by the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) in July 2015. Photo Credit: NASA/NOAA

At first glance, it appeared to be an impressive PhotoShop image. The view of the Moon, passing in front of the sunlit face of Earth in July 2015—and […]

City of Titusville Astronaut Memorial Ceremony Wraps Up Somber Week of Anniversaries, Remembrances

A single red carnation and, most touchingly, an apple decorate Christa McAuliffe's plaque at Titusville's Sand Point Park Saturday morning. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

A single red carnation and, most touchingly, an apple decorate Christa McAuliffe’s plaque at Titusville’s Sand Point Park Saturday morning. McAuliffe was the first Teacher in Space, but perished aboard Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

The dates marked Jan. 27, 28, and Feb. 1 are downcast days in U.S. spaceflight […]

SpaceX Ready for Ambitious Year of Construction at Texas Launch Site, USAF Certifies Upgraded Falcon-9

Artist's rendering of SpaceX's commercial launch complex in south Texas. Image Credit: SpaceX

Artist’s rendering of SpaceX’s commercial launch complex in south Texas. Image Credit: SpaceX

Sixteen months after ground was initially broken at Boca Chica—located about 20 miles (32 km) east of Brownsville, Texas, just northwest of the mouth of the Rio Grande—SpaceX is ready for an ambitious year of construction work at the place which […]