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SpaceX Ready to Launch Thaicom-6 Satellite Tonight After Three-Day Delay

A SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket, ready to launch the Thaicom-6 satellite from Cape Canaveral, Fla., tonight at 5:06 p.m. EST. The flight will be the third for the company’s new v1.1 rocket. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / John Studwell

With 2013 now but a memory, America’s space program is wasting no time kicking off [...]

Successful Hot-Fire Test Clears SpaceX for 3 January Launch of Thaicom-6

The Falcon 9 v1.1 casts an unusual plume trail during its ascent on 3 December to deliver the SES-8 communications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit. Credit: John Studwell

Following a successful static test firing last weekend at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40, SpaceX stands ready for its second commercial mission [...]

PHOTO FEATURE: Stunning Falcon 9 Launch Delivers SpaceX's First Geostationary Payload to Orbit

Under the impulse of its nine first-stage engines, the Falcon 9 v1.1 takes flight. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters (www.AWaltersPhoto.com)

After two false starts, SpaceX successfully launched its second Falcon 9 v1.1 from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 5:41 p.m. EST Tuesday, 3 December. The long-awaited [...]

New Space Station Crew, Including First Japanese Commander, Ready for Wednesday Night Launch

Koichi Wakata, Mikhail Tyurin, and Rick Mastracchio proudly display the modified Olympic torch during a pre-flight press conference. Photo Credit: NASA

Three new arrivals are scheduled to board the International Space Station (ISS) early Thursday, when Soyuz TMA-11M carries Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, and Japan’s Koichi Wakata aloft from the [...]

Upcoming SpaceX Dragon Missions Place ISS Science at Center Stage

With two dedicated Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) missions under its belt, SpaceX is set for several key flights in support of science during 2014. Photo Credit: NASA

More than two years since the last shuttle mission, the transition from construction to utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) has occurred and the orbital complex [...]

Blue Dot Worker: Germany's Third ISS Crewman Prepares for May 2014 Launch

The “Blue Dot” patch of German astronaut Alexander Gerst’s mission, which is scheduled to begin in May 2014. Image Credit: ESA

Twenty-three years ago, on 14 February 1990, one of the most remarkable photographs of our age was taken. At a distance of almost 5.9 billion miles from Earth—and way beyond the orbit of [...]

SpaceX Launch Success Trials New Rocket, New Engine, New-Look Falcon 9

Powered uphill by the new Merlin 1D engines, SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 carried Canada’s CASSIOPE communications satellite into orbit. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher/AmericaSpace

For most of us, Sunday is generally recognized as a day of rest, relaxation, and recharging of the batteries for the week ahead. Not so Sunday, 29 September 2013. With [...]

SpaceX Ready to Launch Uprated Falcon 9 v1.1 and CASSIOPE

With a five-flight history dominated thus far by Dragon and ISS cargo delivery, Sunday’s scheduled mission will demonstrate the attractiveness of SpaceX to the commercial space sector. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Like a row of pearls, SpaceX—the Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch services organization and seemingly “golden child” of NASA’s Commercial Crew integrated Capability (CCiCap) aspirations—plans to [...]

Boeing's CST-100 Spacecraft One Step Closer to Space With Thruster Tests

One of Boeing’s CST-100 thrusters glows red-hot during a recent test on its orbital maneuvering and attitude control system (OMAC) in Las Cruces, N.M. This test brings the spacecraft closer to fulfilling its commercial crew missions. Photo Credit: Boeing

Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft-steering jets, which are part of the ship’s orbital maneuvering and attitude control [...]

CASSIOPE Mission Delayed After 'Anomalies' During Hot Fire Test

Tweeted by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk last week, the Falcon 9 v1.1 boasts uprated Merlin-1D engines and a 43-foot-long bullet-like payload fairing to encapsulate the CASSIOPE payload. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Elon Musk

SpaceX’s long-awaited “Flight Six” of its Falcon 9 rocket—the first in the new “v1.1″ configuration, powered by uprated Merlin-1D engines—must wait a little [...]