AmericaSpace Launch Countdown

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

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NASA 'Hawks' Keep Eye on Hurricanes

How does NASA keep an eye on hurricanes that threaten the U.S.? Via high-tech “Hawks” circling high overhead! Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

I was given the opportunity to visit one of the hangars at Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) to review NASA’s Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that are stationed there. My [...]

Social Media Accreditation Opens for NASA Airborne Earth Science Event

Photo Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA is inviting social media followers for a behind-the-scenes look at several airborne Earth science missions during an event Jan. 25 at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.


Global Hawk: A Diverse Platform for Military and Research Applications

Global Hawk's View of Hurricane Earl

According to, the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 (or RQ-4B) Global Hawk is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) utilized primarily as a surveillance aircraft by the United States Air Force and Navy. The RQ-4 has a gross takeoff weight of approximately 25,600 lbs and has the capability to remain in flight for about 42 hours with [...]