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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 [...]

Orbital Sciences Proceeding Toward Dec. 19 ISS Launch, Pending NASA Approval

Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft (right) ready to be mated to its Antares rocket (left) which will launch it on a mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station no earlier than Dec. 19. Photo Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation

Orbital Sciences Corporation is proceeding with operations to prepare their Cygnus spacecraft to launch on its first [...]

CRS Program Update

Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft Photo Credit: AmericaSpace

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Under the Under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract, Orbital Sciences[1][2] and SpaceX[3][4] are each to be paid $1.6 billion to deliver 20 metric tons, or 44,100 lbs, of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). Under the terms of CRS, SpaceX will [...]

Iridium Revolutionizes Delivery of Space-Based Services With First Turnkey Hosted Payload Program, Iridium PRIME(SM)

Image Credit: Iridium Corp., Inc.

Iridium Communications Inc.  announces the first turnkey hosted payload solution, Iridium PRIMESM, to host third-party payloads on stand-alone satellites leveraging the global connectivity afforded by the Iridium NEXT satellite network. The Iridium PRIME program revolutionizes the hosted payload business model with an integrated service which reduces the complexity, delays [...]

NASA Administrator Views Atmospheric Science Satellite, Meets Media in Arizona

Image credit: NASA/JPL

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will visit an Orbital Sciences Corp. facility in Gilbert, Ariz., on Friday, Aug. 9, to view progress on the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) satellite.

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Antares Mission Flies Low-Cost Smartphone Satellites

As part of the qualification process, the PhoneSat systems were tested on high-altitude balloon flights. Photo Credit: NASA

When Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket roared into orbit Sunday, most eyes were focused on the performance of the new vehicle on its maiden voyage or on the deployment of an inert mass simulator for the Cygnus cargo [...]

Weather Forces Second Launch Scrub for Antares

With an unfortunate technical hitch having fouled the first launch attempt, Antares and the A-ONE mission were today thwarted by high winds. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

Orbital Sciences’ new Antares booster must remained shackled to Earth for at least another 24 hours, having succumbed to its second launch delay in three days. [...]

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, [...]

On @ The 90: NewSpace Fans Need to Stop Hating

Whenever a post that does not paint the NewSpace movement in glowing terms is posted, NewSpace fans issue a bitter and unending series of rants filled with cherry-picked “facts” and insults. Why is this? Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

Where did NewSpace come from? The philosophy, the people … where did they originate? [...]

Back to ‘33-6’: Expedition 33 Returns to 6-Person Strength

Clad in their bright blue flight suits, Soyuz TMA-06M crewmen (left to right) Oleg Novitsky, Kevin Ford and Yevgeni Tarelkin float inside the International Space Station’s Zvezda module earlier today. Their triumphant docking comes just days before the 12th anniversary of continuous human presence aboard the international outpost. Photo Credit: NASA

Under the deft [...]