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Next Launch CRS-5 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
scheduled for:
6 Jan 15 11:18:00 GMT
6 Jan 15 6:18:00 EST

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A New Dawn: The Troubled History and Future Promise of NASA’s Orion Program (Part 2)

Image montage of the Orion spacecraft and the “business end” of its Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle. Image Credits: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters / NASA / Kim Shiflett

Three weeks from now, the first human-capable vehicle for Beyond Earth Orbit (BEO) exploration in more than four decades is scheduled to roar away from Space […]

A New Dawn: The Troubled History and Future Promise of NASA's Orion Program (Part 1)

An artist’s rendering of December’s Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) test, which will take the Orion capsule 3,600 miles (5,800 km) into space. Image Credit: NASA

For any astronomer, Orion is a relatively straightforward constellation to find in the night sky. Honoring the hunter of ancient Greek myth, its “belt” of three stars—the supergiants Alnitak, […]

Commentary: A Path to Nowhere and the Absence of Leadership (Part 2)

Despite a plethora of deep-space mission concepts currently envisioned by NASA, there’s little consensus between Congress and the White House on where the space agency should go next in space, in the lack of a coherent vision and direction. Image Credit: NASA

Last week’s article focused on examining some of the events and political decisions […]

Test Stand Readied to Test RS-25 Rocket Engine for SLS

NASA is currently working to prepare the A-1 Test Stand at the space agency’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for testing the RS-25 rocket engine seen in the inset. Photo Credit: NASA (Inset Alan Walters / AmericaSpace)

In the latter half of 2014 NASA plans to launch the first of its Orion spacecraft and […]

Apollo Test Stand Re-Purposed For SLS

The B-2 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center is undergoing renovations to prepare it for testing of Space Launch Systems. Photo Credit: NASA/SSC

One of the test stands at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi which supported the development of the Saturn family of launch vehicles is now being tapped to test engines […]

Hot-fire Tests Steering the Future of NASA's Space Launch System Engines

A new record was set April 4 for J-2X engine test firings when the engine was fired for 570 seconds on the A-2 test stand at Stennis. With the completion of the test series on this stand, the engine will now be moved to the A-1 test stand where it will undergo gimbaling tests […]

Space Launch System Truths and Misconceptions

There have been a lot of beliefs or perceptions regarding NASA’s new heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System, that have been stated as factual—but are they?

We had promised this article would appear yesterday and as we like to keep our promises, we ran a portion of it yesterday. We felt it was important […]

Space Launch System Truths and Misconceptions (Part 1)

There have been a lot of statements about NASA’s new heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System. Some of them are facts and others are myths. Throughout this week we will be posting an interview with NASA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Dan Dumbacher to try and set the record straight. Image Credit: NASA

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NewSpace Troll Tactics: A Viewer's Guide (Conclusion)

Image Credit: Whynne

This series was produced over a long period of time. We opted to finally run it after we were told we should separate commercial space efforts from the NewSpace trolls. The problem is that trolls are embedded in these companies and they have done nothing over the course of years to […]

NewSpace Troll Tactics: A Viewer's Guide (Part 2)

Image Credit: Whynne

Yesterday we posted the first part in a series that details the behavior of supporters of the so-called “NewSpace” movement. These actions, contrary to the beliefs of the movement’s supporters, are self-destructive and have begun to cause those that supported NewSpace to turn against it. What follows is an opinion-based article […]