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Launch Abort System Installed and Preps for Shake Tests Being Made as Orion Gears Up for Historic December Launch

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

As NASA gears up for its historic Dec. 4 Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) flight that will test the Orion space capsule’s systems, the agency announced it had installed the Orion spacecraft’s [...]

Orion's Protective Shell of 970 Space Shuttle Thermal Tiles Installed for EFT-1 Mission

Inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians dressed in clean-room suits install a back shell tile panel onto the Orion crew module. Photo Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

Things are moving forward nicely at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Operations and Checkout Building in Florida, where technicians with [...]

KSC's Iconic Vehicle Assembly Building Undergoing Renovations for Orion/SLS

From NASA: “A view looking down from one of the higher levels in the Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB, reveals High Bay 3 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Modifications are underway in the VAB to prepare High Bay 3 for a new platform system.” Photo Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

For anyone who has [...]

To Navigate the Seas of the Sun: NASA's Solar Probe Plus Mission to the Nearest Star

Artist’s impression of NASA’s Solar Probe Plus spacecraft approaching the Sun. Set to launch in 2018, Solar Probe Plus will orbit our home star a total of 24 times while gradually approaching closer with each concecutive orbit, until it eventually achieves a minimum distance of 8.5 solar radii, or 3.7 million miles from the [...]

Orion Coming Together for EFT-1 Test Flight in December 2014

Launch Abort System (LAS) for Orion EFT-1 test flight on view inside the Launch Abort System Facility at KSC. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL — Piece by piece, fabrication of all the major hardware elements for NASA’s inaugural unmanned Orion test flight, dubbed EFT-1, are coming together at Cape Canaveral and the [...]

After Four-Month Delay, 25th Delta IV Primed for Thursday Launch of GPS IIF-5 Satellite

A Delta IV Medium+ 4,2 vehicle—with a 13-foot (four-meter) payload fairing and two Graphite Epoxy Motors (GEM)-60s—roars toward orbit with GPS IIF-3 in October 2012. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / Zero-G News

Four months later than planned, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is ready to fly its venerable Delta IV for the 25th time on [...]

ULA Prepares for Fifth Atlas V 501 Mission to Deliver Classified NROL-39 Payload to Orbit

Like February’s flight of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the NROL-39 payload will be launched atop an Atlas V in its “501” configuration. Photo Credit: ULA / Pat Corkery

For only the fifth time in its history, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is primed to fly an Atlas V in its “501” configuration Thursday, [...]

Faulty Valve Replacement Delays ULA's Next Delta IV Launch

The Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-5 is moved onto a transporter on 17 September 2013, whilst in clean room conditions at the Navstar Processing Facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Photo Credit: Boeing

With a launch-heavy weekend behind us—Sunday, 29 September having seen both the successful maiden flight of SpaceX’s [...]

Giant Delta IV Heavy Boosts Classified NROL-65 Payload into Orbit

It has been over two years since Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., last played host to the world’s largest and most powerful rocket in active service. The scorching of the Delta IV Heavy in the seconds after liftoff is readily apparent in this view. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher / AmericaSpace

United Launch Alliance [...]

Mammoth Delta IV Heavy Primed for Wednesday Mission to Launch Classified NROL-65 Satellite

It has been over two years since Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., last played host to the world’s largest and most powerful rocket in active service. The scorching of the Delta IV Heavy in the seconds after liftoff is readily apparent in this NROL-49 ascent view. Photo Credit: National Reconnaissance Office

It has been [...]