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SpaceX and United Launch Alliance Face-Off at Hearing for Military Launch Contracts

United Launch Alliance CEO Michael Gass (top left) and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (bottom right) testified at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on Wed., March 5, each outlining why their respective launch services are the best choice for the U.S. Government and tax-payer. Photo Credits: Committee on Appropriations / [...]

Antares Rising: Stunning Launch Pad Footage Showcases Violent ORB-1 Launch

Antares thunders off pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility to deliver Cygnus to the ISS, the first flight for Orbital Sciences Corporation to deliver fresh supplies to the ISS under a $1.9 billion NASA contract. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Mike Killian

Orbital Sciences Corporation successfully launched their Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space [...]

Orbital Ready to Launch First ISS Resupply Mission After 24-Hour Delay

This launch marks the third flight of the Antares vehicle, following its A-ONE test mission in April 2013 and the ORB-D demonstration mission to the International Space Station last September. Antares represents Orbital Sciences’ first home-grown liquid-fuelled launch vehicle. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

Three weeks later than originally planned, and after a [...]

All Systems GO For SpaceX To Conduct First US Space Launch Of 2014 On Jan. 3

SpaceX will kick off 2013 with their Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket on its third flight this Friday, Jan. 3, to deliver the Thaicom-6 satellite into orbit for Thaicom PLC. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Jeffrey J. Soulliere

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

SpaceX Targeting Jan. 3 For Launch of Thaicom 6 Satellite From Cape Canaveral

Technicians work on the Thaicom-6 telecommunications satellite at Orbital Science Corporation’s Dulles, Virginia facility. SpaceX is expected to launch the spacecraft atop their new Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket from Florida NET Jan. 3, 2014. Photo Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is targeting Jan. 3, 2014 for their next rocket launch – at [...]

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 [...]

ATK to Provide Solid Rocket Motors for Stratolaunch System

Image Credit: Stratolaunch Systems

Utah-based ATK has received a contract from Orbital Science’s Corporation to produce propulsion systems for the Air Launch Vehicle (ALV) that Orbital is building for Stratolaunch Systems Corporation. It is hoped that this new delivery system will have a positive impact on providing access to orbit.

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IRIS Mission Gets First Look at Sun's Mysterious Interface Region

NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS)Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher / AmericaSpace

NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft has captured its first observations of a region of the Sun that is now possible to observe in detail: the lowest layers of the Sun’s atmosphere.

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IBEX Sees Our Solar System's 'Tail'

NASA’s IBEX spacecraft has detected the four-leaf-clover-shaped pattern of our Solar System’s “tail.” Image Credit: NASA

Three years of observations by NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) have shown that the Solar System has a tail shaped like a four-leaf clover. The stream of particles that blows away from the Sun, known as [...]

NASA Announces Space Station Research and Development Conference

Photo Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — The American Astronautical Society, in cooperation with NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), will conduct the second annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference July 16-18 in Denver. 

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