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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Roars Through Second Supersonic Flight

On Sept. 5, 2013, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo was released from its carrier aircraft and proceeded to conduct its second supersonic flight. Photo Credit: Mars Scientific / Clay Center Observatory

At 8 a.m. PDT, over the deserts of Mojave, Calif., Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2), ferried aloft by the WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft, was released, and [...]

Astronaut at the Edge: The Life and Legacy of Gordon Fullerton

Space shuttle astronaut Gordon Fullerton has passed away. Photo Credit: NASA

Yesterday’s passing of Gordon Fullerton, aged 76, was not unexpected, for he had suffered a debilitating stroke three years ago and his health had been particularly fragile in recent weeks. However, the loss of a man who had literally made aviation his life leaves an [...]

Astronaut C. Gordon Fullerton, 1936–2013

Space shuttle astronaut Gordon Fullerton has passed away. Photo Credit: NASA

Astronaut Charles Gordon Fullerton passed away today, Wednesday, Aug. 21, at age 76. Colonel Fullerton was known for his career pioneering the space shuttle as one of its first test pilots, as well as his later career as a research pilot.

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A Brief History of Spaceplanes

Spaceplanes are not a new concept, having been thought up years before the space age even began. Image Credit: NASA

A spaceplane is quite simply a vehicle that can fly as both an airplane in the atmosphere—generating lift from its wings—and as a spacecraft in a vacuum using rocket propulsion. No spaceplane has yet [...]

30 Years Since STS-6: The Rise of the Challenger (Part 1)

Challenger rolls in gloomy midwinter fog towards Pad 39A on 30 November 1982. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty years ago this week, America’s second space shuttle thundered into orbit for the first time. Challenger spent five days circling the Home Planet, deployed a giant communications and data-relay satellite for NASA, and saw the first U.S. [...]

Atlantis Ascends: Orbiter's New Home Readied for June Opening

Former NASA shuttle astronaut Jon McBride (far left), along with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Chief Executive Officer Bill Moore, unveil the new sign in front of Shuttle Atlantis’ exhibit. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Shuttle Atlantis’ new digs has a new sign in preparation for [...]

On @ The 90: Build the Enterprise—Seriously?

So, the United States can’t even get astronauts into low-Earth orbit, and there is a petition to have the U.S. build a starship? Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Jason Rhian

The United States has barely regained the ability to send unmanned cargo to the International Space Station via SpaceX’s Dragon capsule and a petition has [...]

Boeing Rep Remembers Shuttle, Builds Future: Part 2

AmericaSpace concludes its conversation with Boeing’s Brooke Padden. She discusses her time on the shuttle program, as well as her hopes for the future. Image Credit: Boeing

AmericaSpace concludes its discussion with Boeing’s Brooke Padden in this second installment of her interview. In it she details her times on the space shuttle program, what [...]

Intrepid Insult: Shuttle Enterprise Damaged, Disrespected & Endangered

In July of this year AmericaSpace posted the following article expressing concerns about the temporary structure that Enterprise was housed in. The author, who was the curator for the Gen. Thomas P. Stafford Air and Space Museum, was accused of bias and the article’s integrity was called into question. AmericaSpace regrets to report that Hurricane Sandy has shown [...]

Interview with NASA's Shuttle Transition and Retirement Director

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Stephanie Stilson is NASA’s flow director within the Shuttle Transition and Retirement Directorate at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. She assumed responsibility for preparing and delivering Enterprise, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour to their final display sites last [...]