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SpaceX and United Launch Alliance Face-Off at Hearing for Military Launch Contracts

United Launch Alliance CEO Michael Gass (top left) and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (bottom right) testified at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on Wed., March 5, each outlining why their respective launch services are the best choice for the U.S. Government and tax-payer. Photo Credits: Committee on Appropriations / [...]

Kepler Recovery Efforts Conclude, Other Missions Mulled

Image Credit: NASA

After several months’ worth of review and testing, the team operating the Kepler Space Telescope has opted to close its efforts to make Kepler fully operational again. This follows the loss of one of the crucial components that controls the alien planet-hunting spacecraft. In an Aug. 15 teleconference, Charles Sobeck, deputy [...]

Can Kepler Be Saved? Engineering Team to Attempt Recovery of Ailing Space Telescope

Artist’s illustration of Kepler in orbit. Image Credit: NASA / Kepler mission / Wendy Stenzel

The Kepler space telescope has been nothing short of incredible, revolutionizing our understanding of exoplanets and showing just how common and diverse they really are (as the saying goes, truth is stranger than fiction). Recently, however, additional mechanical problems [...]

What Comes After Kepler?

The Kepler Space Telescope has had another of its reastion wheels fail, meaning the spacecraft’s mission of finding Earth-like worlds is probably over. Image Credit: NASA

Launched on March 7, 2009, NASA’s Kepler space telescope, designed to hunt for Earth-sized planets orbiting other stars, has proved to be an outstanding success and has surpassed [...]

SpaceX Awarded Company's First-Ever EELV Contract By U.S. Air Force

SpaceX has been awarded an EELV contract by the U.S. Air Force, a first for the company. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

HAWTHORNE, Calif., — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has been awarded the contract to launch two Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV)-class missions by the United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems [...]

ULA Reflects on 50th Launch Under EELV Program

With the upcoming flight Atlas V rocket, United Launch Alliance will mark the fiftieth liftoff under Expendable Launch Vehicle Program. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program began in the 1990s with the express purpose of guaranteeing access to orbit for Department of Defense and United States Air Force [...]

NASA Needs A New Spending Plan to Placate Congress

Another great article by the Wall Street Journal’s Andy Pasztor, NASA to Devise New Spending Plan to Placate Congress. Subscription required.

Money quote: “…the hearing ended with a consensus that a revised spending package would be submitted soon.

‘I’m concerned we don’t have a road map,’ said Rep. C.A. Ruppersberger, a Maryland Democrat who generally [...]