'Unless They Throw Me Out': 30 Years Since the Shuttle's Mission for Britain and Indonesia (Part 1)

The "core" NASA crew of the former Mission 61H, pictured during one of their post-Challenger extended simulations. From left to right are Mike Coats, John Blaha, Anna Fisher, Bob Springer and (standing) Jim Buchli. Photo Credit: NASA/Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

The “core” NASA crew of the former Mission 61H, pictured during one of their post-Challenger extended simulations. From left to right are Mike Coats, John Blaha, Anna Fisher, Bob Springer, and (standing) Jim Buchli. Photo Credit: NASA/Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

A quarter-century ago, Britain’s first astronaut—civilian chemist Helen Sharman—roared into orbit aboard a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft, […]

SpaceX Successfully Delivers Eutelsat/ABS Satellite Duo to Orbit

Today’s launch marked the sixth flight of the Upgraded Falcon 9 in less than six months. Photo Credit: John Kraus/AmericaSpace

Nineteen days after its most recent mission, SpaceX has successfully delivered a pair of commercial payloads toward Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), at an altitude of about 22,300 miles (35,900 km). The Upgraded Falcon 9 […]

SpaceX Prepares for Third Geostationary Mission of 2016

The Thaicom 8 satellite will be co-located with its sister, Thaicom 5, at 78.5 degrees East longitude. Photo Credit: Orbital ATK

The Thaicom 8 satellite will be co-located with its sister, Thaicom 5, at 78.5 degrees East longitude. Photo Credit: Orbital ATK

For the 25th time in a little under six years, the roar of a Falcon 9 rocket’s Merlin-class engines is expected to echo across Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Thursday, 26 […]

SpaceX Successfully Delivers 'High-Jump' JCSAT-14 Payload to Orbit

A SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket pulled off a picture-perfect launch at 1:21 a.m. EDT May 6, 2016 from Cape Canaveral, Fla SLC-40, successfully delivering the JCSAT-14 satellite to GTO. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

A SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket pulled off a picture-perfect launch at 1:21 a.m. EDT May 6, 2016, from Cape Canaveral, Fla. SLC-40, successfully delivering the JCSAT-14 satellite to GTO. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

Twenty-four hours later than originally planned, SpaceX has successfully conducted its fourth launch of 2016, delivering the heavyweight JCSAT-14 communications […]

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 […]