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Next Launch SMAP on a Delta II 7320 rocket from Vandenberg AFB, CA
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29 Jan 15 14:20:42 GMT
29 Jan 15 6:20:42 PST
29 Jan 15 9:20:42 Eastern

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'Close, But No Cigar': New Images and Video Show Hard Touchdown for First SpaceX Booster Landing Attempt

A SpaceX Falcon-9 v1.1 booster first stage attempting to land on an autonomous barge after the CRS-5 Dragon launch to the ISS. The rocket hit harder than expected, at a -45 degree angle, smashing its legs and engine section. SpaceX will be looking to try again during an upcoming launch. Photo Credit: SpaceX / […]

SpaceX Poised for Next Space Station Launch Attempt Early Saturday Morning

The SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket tasked with launching Dragon on the company’s fifth contracted ISS resupply mission for NASA, standing tall at SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral AFS in Florida. Launch is scheduled for 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday morning, Jan. 10, 2015. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / John Studwell

SpaceX is poised to try igniting their Falcon-9 […]

The Year in Space, 2014: New Beginnings, Continuing Discoveries

LIFTOFF! NASA’s Orion spacecraft begins its debut voyage at the dawn of Friday, Dec. 5. Orion’s successful Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) capped an exciting year in spaceflight. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

As 2014 winds down to its end, this year can be remembered for its new beginnings in spaceflight, encompassing the […]

Orbital Contracts Russian RD-181 Engines to Launch Future Antares Flights

Orbital will employ Russian RD-181 engines to replace the failed AJ-26 engines which led to the total loss of the company’s Orb-3 ISS resupply mission for NASA in Oct. 2014. Photo Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation

When an Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff on the company’s third contracted NASA resupply flight […]

NASA’s CATS Instrument Ready to Study Effects of Clouds and Aerosols on Earth

Roughly the size of a refrigerator, CATS will use the same two laser wavelengths on NASA’s CALIPSO mission, 1,064 and 532 nanometers, and it will incorporate a third laser wavelength, 355 nanometers. This may provide more detailed information about the particles in Earth’s atmosphere. Image Credit: NASA

Take a good look up at the […]

Orbital Sciences Contracts ULA's Atlas-V for Cygnus CRS Flights Until Upgraded Antares is Ready

United Launch Alliance (ULA) will employ their proven Atlas-V 401 rocket to fly at least one, and possibly two, Cygnus ISS resupply flights for Orbital Sciences Corporation in late 2015 / early 2016. In the meantime, Orbital is moving forward quickly to develop a new propulsion system for their Antares rocket, with those flights […]

Investigators Complete Initial Assessment in Aftermath of Antares Explosion

An aerial view of the Wallops Island launch facilities taken by the Wallops Incident Response Team Oct. 29, following the failed launch attempt of Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket Oct. 28.Image Credit: NASA/Terry Zaperach

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Incident Response Team completed their initial assessment of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island […]

PRESS SITE VIDEO: Antares Explodes Seconds After Taking Flight to Space Station

Antares exploding just seconds after liftoff Monday evening on Wallops Island, Va. Photo Credit: Alex Polimeni / AmericaSpace

This evening everything seemed perfect for Orbital Sciences Corporation to launch their Antares rocket to deliver the Cygnus cargo resupply ship to the International Space Station; the weather was 100 percent GO, the range […]

Dream Chaser Development Continues Despite No ‘Space Taxi’ Contract and Sierra Nevada Corp. Layoffs

SNC’s Dream Chaser atop ULA Atlas V Rocket on Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER — Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) will “continue developing the Dream Chaser” space plane despite losing out on this month’s high-stakes contract award for NASA’s commercial “space taxi” program […]

PHOTOS: Antares Thunders Toward Space Station on Orbital's Second Contracted NASA Resupply Mission

The Orbital Sciences Antares rocket, thundering away from MARS Pad 0A at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to begin a 17,500 mph chase to catch the International Space Station, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

On Sunday, July 13, Orbital Sciences Corporation successfully launched their 22-story-tall Antares rocket on its […]