Boeing Receives Second Post-Certification Commercial Crew Mission

Boeing's CST-100 "Starliner" spacecraft is depicted here climbing to orbit. The company will begin flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA as soon as 2017. Image Credit: Boeing

Boeing’s CST-100 “Starliner” spacecraft is depicted here climbing to orbit. The company will begin flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA as soon as 2017. Image Credit: Boeing

For the second time this year, Boeing has received a Post-Certification Mission (PCM) order from NASA to perform a dedicated crew […]

SpaceX Completes Hot Fire Test, Eyes NET Sunday Night for Falcon-9 Return to Flight

After several delays SpaceX conducted their standard static test fire at SLC-40 this evening at Cape Canaveral AFS in Florida, paving the way for a NET Sunday launch attempt, which will mark the inaugural flight of the upgraded SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket, previously known informally as the "Full Thrust" (FT) or "v1.2". Photo Credit: Michael Seeley / www.PhotosOfStuff.net

After several delays SpaceX conducted their standard static test fire at SLC-40 this evening at Cape Canaveral AFS in Florida, paving the way for a NET Sunday launch attempt, which will mark the inaugural flight of the upgraded SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket, previously known informally as the “Full Thrust” (FT) or “v1.2”. Photo Credit: Michael […]

New Space Station Crew Ready for Six Months of Visitors and EVAs

Soyuz TMA-19M delivers Yuri Malenchenko, Tim Kopra and Tim Peake into orbit yesterday. Photo Credit: NASA/Kowsky, via Tim Kopra/Twitter

Soyuz TMA-19M delivers Yuri Malenchenko, Tim Kopra, and Tim Peake into orbit yesterday. Photo Credit: NASA/Kowsky, via Tim Kopra/Twitter

Less than 24 hours since departing the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-19M crew of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, and Britain’s Tim Peake are settling aboard the International Space Station […]

'What an Honor': Space Station Crew Prepares for Friday Return to Earth

After 4.5 months in orbit, U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgren and his crewmates Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui will return to Earth tomorrow (Friday, 11 December). Photo Credit: NASA

After 4.5 months in orbit, U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgren and his crewmates Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui will return to Earth tomorrow (Friday, 11 December). Photo Credit: NASA

Eleven days sooner than originally planned, the Soyuz TMA-17M crew of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgren and Japan’s Kimiya Yui are set to […]

OA-4 Cygnus Cargo Ship Arrives at Space Station, Ahead of Soyuz TMA-17M Crew Departure

Proudly displaying its circular, fan-like UltraFlex solar arrays, the OA-4 Cygnus spacecraft is pictured shortly before being grappled by Canadarm2. Photo Credit: Scott Kelly/NASA/Twitter

Less than two days before his scheduled return to Earth, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren has completed his last major activity as a member of the Expedition 45 crew aboard the […]

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 […]

Weather Keeps Cygnus Grounded for Second Day in a Row, Will Try Again at Sunset Saturday

Atlas-V with Cygnus OA-4 standing on the pad waiting for weather to cooperate. Next launch attempt is Saturday at 5:10 p.m. EST. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

For the second time in as many days, United Launch Alliance (ULA) has postponed its record-tying ninth Atlas launch of 2015, due to inclement weather conditions. The mission is carrying Orbital ATK’s long-awaited OA-4 Cygnus cargo mission, bound for the International Space Station (ISS). The Centennial, Colo.-based launch provider’s workhorse Atlas V—flying in its […]

USAF Confirms SpaceX Awaiting FAA Approval for Booster Landing at Cape for Return to Flight

The USAF 45th Space Wing confirmed to AmericaSpace today that SpaceX is in fact seeking FAA approval to land their Falcon-9 booster on solid ground at Cape Canaveral for their Return to Flight mission, which is expected to fly very soon. SpaceX has refused to comment on anything regarding Return to Flight or an attempted landing at Cape Canaveral. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

The USAF 45th Space Wing confirmed to AmericaSpace today that SpaceX is in fact seeking FAA approval to land their Falcon-9 booster on solid ground at Cape Canaveral for their Return to Flight mission, which is expected to fly very soon. SpaceX has refused to comment on anything regarding Return to Flight or an […]

All Systems GO for Twilight Return of Cygnus to Space Station on Atlas-V Thursday

December's OA-4 mission marks the first flight of Orbital ATK's new "Enhanced Cygnus." Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

December’s OA-4 mission marks the first flight of Orbital ATK’s new “Enhanced Cygnus.” Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

More than a year since the catastrophic loss of its ORB-3 mission—which fell back onto Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island, Va., following the failure and explosion of its Antares […]

SpaceX Receives First Order for Space Station Crew-Exchange Mission from NASA

Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida undergoes modifications by SpaceX to adapt it to the needs of the company's Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets, which are slated to lift off from the historic pad in the near future. A horizontal integration facility has been constructed near the perimeter of the pad where rockets will be processed for launch prior of rolling out to the top of the pad structure for liftoff. Photo Credit: SpaceX

View inside the piloted Crew Dragon, previously known as the “Dragon V-2”. Image Credits: Robert Fisher / AmericaSpace / SpaceX

Both of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partners—Boeing and SpaceX—now have mission orders to deliver their first long-duration crews to and from the International Space Station (ISS) in the coming years, thereby restoring the capability […]