SpaceX Primed for JCSAT-14 Launch to GTO, Challenging Drone Ship Landing Attempt

Thursday's mission will be the fourth flight of an Upgraded Falcon 9 and its second with a payload bound for Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

Thursday’s mission will be the fourth flight of an Upgraded Falcon 9 and its second with a payload bound for Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

Three weeks after the spectacular landing of its Upgraded Falcon 9 first-stage hardware onto the deck of the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS)—affectionately dubbed […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ariane 5 Successfully Launches Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A Satellites

Arianespace’s venerable launcher begins its 59th consecutive successful mission with the rousing liftoff of Mission VA-216. Photo Credit: Arianespace

Despite slightly overcast skies, Ariane 5’s 96-percent success record continues to stay strong following tonight’s rousing launch of the Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A communications satellites by Mission VA-216 from the Guiana Space Centre in […]

Ariane 5 Poised to Launch Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A Satellites in Friday Mission

The livery for Mission VA-216, scheduled for launch on Friday, 21 March, is affixed to the side of the booster. Photo Credit: Arianespace

More than three months later than originally planned, Arianespace—the Paris, France-headquartered launch services organization—is poised to deliver the Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A communications satellites into geostationary transfer orbit on Mission […]

Litterbugs in Space: Why the Growing Cloud of Debris in Orbit Needs to Be Cleaned Up

Artist’s concept showing thousands of satellites and other debris orbiting Earth. Photo Credit: ESA

Since 1957, there have been almost 7,000 satellites launched into Earth’s orbit by various countries and private companies. Their missions range from scientific observation and weather tracking to communications and broadcasting television. Roughly half of those satellites are still in […]

Boeing Communications Relay Satellites Complete Space, Earthly Testing

Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

Two Boeing Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) have completed testing milestones – one in space and the other on Earth – marking more progress in enhancing the tracking and communications network used by NASA and its customers.

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Take Back the Night: Launch Images of Delta IV with WGS-6

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — On Aug. 7, 2013, the AmericaSpace team headed to meet representatives from the United States Air Force’s 45th Space Wing as well as those from United Launch Alliance (ULA) in preparation for the launch of ULA’s Delta IV Medium with the Wideband Global Satcom 6 […]

Light & Sound: The Launch of ULA Delta IV Rocket with WGS-6

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Video courtesy of AmericaSpace / Wired4Space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Given the recent rains in the area, many of the media that assembled to cover the launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium rocket were concerned with the mosquitoes that would assail them in the marshes where they were […]

Delta IV Launches High-Capacity WGS-6 Military Communications Satellite

United Launch Alliance put on a stunning display of power with the launch of a Delta IV Medium rocket and its Wideband Global Satcom 6 satellite. Liftoff occurred promptly at 8:29 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37 in Florida. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

For the second […]