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Ocean Science, Laser Communications Highlight New Space Station Research

Two years after the retirement of the shuttle fleet, the International Space Station has transitioned into a fully-operational research facility in orbit. Photo Credit: NASA

Two years after the retirement of the space shuttle fleet, the role of the International Space Station has long since begun the transitional process from a work-in-progress to a [...]

Staging Point for the Stars: Space Launch Complexes 40 and 41

An Atlas V rocket with its GPSIIF4 payload launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Between them, they have spent nearly five decades sending robotic explorers to almost every planet—and a few “non-planets,” too—in our Solar System. Missions bound for Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, [...]

SpaceX Passes New Hurdles in CCiCap Push Toward USCV-1

As part of its CCiCap bid to provide human launch capability from U.S. soil for the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle, SpaceX will fly a pad abort test late in 2013 or early in 2014. Photo Credit: SpaceX

With the launch of the first U.S. Crew Vehicle (USCV-1) mission now [...]

Commercial Partners Working to Launch US Astronauts from Space Coast

Ed Mango, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program manager, speaks at the National Space Club’s June meeting. Mango was joined by commercial industry partners, from left, The Boeing Company’s John Mulholland, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dan Ciccateri, and SpaceX’s Adam Harris. Photo Credit: NASA / Kim Shiflett

The three commercial space companies working with NASA’s [...]

SpaceX Signs Agreement for Potential Military Launches

Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of SMC, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk signing the CRADA Photo Credit U.S. Air Force Joe Juarez

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and SpaceX have signed an agreement that will eventually allow SpaceX to be considered as a launch provider for U.S. military satellites, [...]

Art in a Fairing Vacuum Chamber Test

Video courtesy of SpaceX

The test of the 17 m long, 5 m wide fairing was conducted inside the world’s largest vacuum chamber at NASA’s Plum Brook Station facility at Glenn Research Center.

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Elon Musk Says Rockets Reusability Will Be The Revolution

Seen here is the test firing of a Falcon 9-R engine. SpaceX’s founder has stated that he views reusability as key to revolutionizing space flight. Photo Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX’s CEO, Elon Musk, discussed the company’s objectives in the short and long term at the D11 executive conference on May 28.

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Expedition 35 Ends After Five Dramatic Months in Orbit

Carrying Canada’s first ISS Commander, Chris Hadfield, together with Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, Soyuz TMA-07M descends toward a touchdown in central Kazakhstan after 146 days in orbit. Photo Credit: NASA

Expedition 35 crewmen Chris Hadfield of Canada, Roman Romanenko of Russia, and NASA’s Tom Marshburn landed safely Monday, [...]

Early Umbilical Separation Prompts Antares Launch Scrub

All dressed up and nowhere to go…at least, not yet. Orbital’s Antares booster waits patiently on Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), ahead of its maiden voyage. Today’s launch attempt was scrubbed in the final minutes of the countdown. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

Despite fluctuating worries about cloudy weather conditions, [...]

Orbital’s Antares Primed for A-ONE Maiden Launch

Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket is raised to the vertical position at Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on 6 April 2013. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

In the early days of space exploration, the frequent term of the week was “A-OK,” but for Orbital Sciences Corp. this week everything will center on [...]