An artist’s rendering of Lockheed Martin’s GPS III satellite in operation. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin
The development of the most advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite ever built reached an important milestone within the last month. Lockheed Martin announced that the system module of its first next-generation GPS III satellite (Space Vehicle One, or […]
A Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) booster launches the GPS IIF-6 mission in May 2014. A similar vehicle will deliver GPS IIF-9, later this week. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace
After three successful flights in as many months—the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)-3 and Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellites, both in January, and most recently […]
The Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-5 is moved onto a transporter on 17 September 2013, whilst in clean room conditions at the Navstar Processing Facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Photo Credit: Boeing
Next week’s planned launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta-IV rocket with the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-5 satellite […]
Workers inspect Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed (GNST) after its arrival in July at Cape Canaveral. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed Martin’s prototype for the next-generation GPS III satellite successfully connected with Raytheon’s GPS Next Generation Operational Ground Control System (OCX) on Friday, Aug. 30, nearly two months after its arrival. Lockheed’s […]
Roscosmos Chief Vladimir Popovkin has been reprimanded by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Photo Credit: Ria Novosti
On August 2, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev issued an official reprimand to Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin citing incompetence.
Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is preparing to launch an Atlas V 551 rocket with the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System 2 (MUOS-2) satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) in Florida. Liftoff is currently set to take place July 19 at […]
Angular velocity sensors installed upside down may account for the July 1 Proton-M launch taking a nosedive. Photo Credit: Tsenki TV
It appears a likely culprit of the July 1 Proton-M launch failure has been discovered. In the first English-language report, Anatoly Zak of RussianSpaceWeb, relates that investigators combing through wreckage from the crash discovered that the angular […]
Photo Credit: Roscosmos / Vesti.ru
In the days since the spectacular failure of a Proton-M rocket seconds after its July 1 launch, a few more details have surfaced to shed a little light on the event. So far, most sources are being reported as anonymous and no information has been made public by the official investigation.
Photo Credit: Tsenki TV
At 8:38 a.m. local time on July 2, a three-stage Proton-M with Block DM-03 upper stage took off from Baikonur Cosmodrome’s launch pad 24 at launch complex 81 carrying three GLONASS-M navigation satellites. Less than a minute later, the rocket and its cargo was back on the ground in a […]