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Next Launch ORB-3 on a Antares rocket from Wallops Island, VA
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27 Oct 14 22:44:00 GMT
27 Oct 14 18:44:00 EDT

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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 [...]

SpaceX Secures 20-Year Lease Agreement With NASA for Use of Historic Launch Complex 39A

SpaceX has finalized a lease agreement with NASA for use of launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the launch site for many historic missions such as the Apollo Saturn-V Moon missions and over 80 space shuttle launches. The company’s first launch off 39A will be atop their Falcon-Heavy rocket as soon [...]

Dragon Spacecraft Passes Another Milestone Toward Crewed Flight

An unmanned Dragon spacecraft conducting the Commercial Resupply Services mission is seen here (CRS-2) grappled by the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has just passed the seventh of 15 development milestones set by NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative. Along with Boeing and Sierra Nevada Corporation, [...]

SpaceX Awarded Launch of German Radar Reconnaissance Satellite System

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

HAWTHORNE, Calif — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will provide the launch services for Germany’s second-generation radar reconnaissance satellite system. The satellites, provided by OHB System AG and Astrium GmbH, will replace the current constellation and will be delivered to orbit by two Falcon 9 rockets in 2018 and 2019.

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The Win-Lose of US-China Space Cooperation (China Wins; US Loses)

Would a partnership with China be beneficial to U.S. space efforts? Given recent alleged high-profile hacks of U.S. installations, the country’s poor human rights record, and a litany of other issues, the answer is probably “Bu.” Image Credit: NASA

Ten months after his first term inauguration, President Obama met with President Hu Jintao of [...]

Falcon Heavy: Uncertain Case for Lunar Exploration

Illustration of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle. Image Credit: SpaceX

There have been occasional suggestions that NASA should scrap its Space Launch System (SLS) in favor of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy for fulfilling its beyond low-Earth orbit needs [1]. The claim forwarded by some is that the as-yet-untested-and-unflown 53 mt low-Earth orbit (LEO) (200 km @ [...]

Shotwell: No Agreement with Tito's Mars Plan

Dennis Tito’s plans to send two people around the planet Mars has attracted a lot of attention – as well as a correction from SpaceX’s Gwynne Shotwell. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – Dennis Tito recently announced plans to launch a 501-day manned mission to Mars which would [...]

NASA, SpaceX Select March 1 for Next Cargo Resupply Services Flight

NASA has announced a planned March 1, 2013, launch date for the next mission under the space agency’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. The mission will be carried out by a Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida. Photo Credit: NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, [...]

NASA Administrator, Interior Secretary Attend Landsat Launch

Image Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation

WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will attend the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Monday, Feb. 11. The launch is scheduled for 10:02 a.m. PST.

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AmericaSpace Exclusive Interview With Golden Spike's Dr. Alan Stern

The Golden Spike Company’s Alan Stern talks with AmericaSpace about his company’s plans to return crews to the lunar surface. Image Credit: The Golde Spike Company / NASA

Within the past month or so, the commercial space firm, The Golden Spike Company, has burst onto the public consciousness with its announcement that it will [...]