Commercial Earth-Watcher Ready for Friday Morning Launch

WorldView-4's 3.4-foot-diameter (1.1-meter) telescope assembly is clearly visible in this view at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., after the satellite had bee uncrated on 28 July. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 satellite is readied for encapsulation in the Atlas V payload fairing on 8 September 2016. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

Twenty-five months after the WorldView-3 commercial Earth-imaging satellite was launched into orbit, its near-twin is set to rocket out of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., no sooner than Friday, 16 September, atop a […]

OSIRIS-REx Stands Ready for Date With Asteroid Bennu (Part 1)

OSIRIS-Rex in the vicinity of the asteroid Bennu. Image Credit: NASA

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has completed assembly at Lockheed Martin Space Systems near Denver, Colo. Over the next several months engineers will put the spacecraft through a series of intense tests. The $800 million mission to retrieve samples from Astroid Bennu is scheduled to launch in September 2016. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

Just two days […]

Nearly There: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Being Readied for Sept. 8 Launch

An artist's rendering of OSIRIS-REx at asteroid 101955 Bennu. Its solar arrays will be configured in a "Y-wing" shape to avoid dust accumulation. Image Credit: NASA

An artist’s rendering of OSIRIS-REx at asteroid 101955 Bennu. Image Credit: NASA

The last decade has proven to be watershed years for deep space exploration. While the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft proved a small lander could be set down upon a rocky comet, other missions including NASA’s Curiosity rover, Dawn, and New […]

Cygnus Soars Under Overcast Skies on Return to Space Station After Days of Weather Delays

Launch of Orbital ATK's Cygnus OA-4 cargo ship to resupply the International Space Station Dec. 6, 2015, flying off pad 41 atop a Unbited Launch Alliance Atlas-V booster from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

Launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus OA-4 cargo ship to resupply the International Space Station Dec. 6, 2015, flying off pad 41 atop a Unbited Launch Alliance Atlas-V booster from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

After three scrubbed launch attempts—most recently on Saturday, 5 December, which was called off just before […]

Earth's Solar Sentinel: 20 Years of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)

Massive X-10 solar flare, detected by the joint NASA/ESA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) in October 2003. The Sun-watching spacecraft was launched 20 years ago, tomorrow, on 2 December 1995. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost a million miles (1.5 million km) “ahead” of Earth, looping about an elliptical orbit in the vicinity of a gravitational […]

100 Percent Success as ULA Delivers 100th Mission Safely to Orbit

A ULA Atlas-V 421 rocket launching the Morelos-3 mission for Mexico this morning. Photo Credit: ULA

A ULA Atlas-V 421 rocket successfully launched the Morelos-3 mission for Mexico’s Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes (Ministry of Communications and Transportation) this morning, securing a place in ULA’s history books as the 100th flight executed by the company since its formation in December 2006. Morelos-3 marks the 57th Atlas-V launch since its first […]

Morelos-3 Communications Satellite Destined to Fly Aboard 100th ULA Mission on Friday

The Morelos-3 satellite is encapsulated within its 13-foot-diameter (4-meter) Payload Fairing (PLF), ahead of integration with the Atlas V 421. Photo Credit: ULA

For the second time this year—and only the fifth occasion in its history—United Launch Alliance (ULA) will fly the venerable Atlas V booster in its sparingly-used “421” configuration on Friday, 2 […]

Atlas V Launch of 70th USAF GPS Commemorates 20th Anniversary of Famed Navigation System

Launch of the GPS IIF - 10 from Playalinda Beach. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

Launch of the GPS 2F-10 from Playalinda Beach near Cape Canaveral. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

The July 15 launch from Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 41 of the Air Force/Boeing GPS 2F-10 navigation spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 marks the 20th anniversary of a fully operational GPS constellation.

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The Planetary Society's LightSail to Launch Aboard Atlas-V May 20

From The Planetary Society: “The Planetary Society’s LightSail solar sailing spacecraft is scheduled to ride a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket to orbit in 2016 with its parent satellite, Prox-1.” Image Credit: Josh Spradling /The Planetary Society (http://sail.planetary.org/gallery/lightsail.html)

The idea of solar sails carrying satellites and humans into space has been something bandied about for […]

ULA Names Vulcan as America's Next Generation Reusable Rocket Family

CEO of United Launch Alliance, Tory Bruno, announces the name of the Next Generation Launch System rocket at the 31st Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Photo Credit: Talia Landman/AmericaSpace

CEO of United Launch Alliance, Tory Bruno, announces the name of the Next Generation Launch System rocket at the 31st Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Photo Credit: Talia Landman/AmericaSpace

United Launch Alliance (ULA) CEO Tory Bruno unveiled the next generation Vulcan Rocket at the 31st Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. The Next Generation Launch […]