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Astronaut at the Edge: The Life and Legacy of Gordon Fullerton

Space shuttle astronaut Gordon Fullerton has passed away. Photo Credit: NASA

Yesterday’s passing of Gordon Fullerton, aged 76, was not unexpected, for he had suffered a debilitating stroke three years ago and his health had been particularly fragile in recent weeks. However, the loss of a man who had literally made aviation his life leaves an [...]

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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Pegasus-XL Boosts NASA's IRIS Sun-Watcher into Orbit

 

The Lockheed L-1011 aircraft departs Runway 12/30 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 6:27 p.m. PDT (9:27 p.m. EDT) on 27 June 2013. Almost an hour later, after reaching its required deployment position, Pegasus-XL was air-launched to begin its mission of deploying NASA’s IRIS solar observatory. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher / [...]

Launch of IRIS on Orbital Pegasus XL Slips a Day

The planned launch of an Orbital Pegasus XL rocket has been delayed a day due to range power issues. Photo Credit: Randy Beaudoin, VAFB / NASA

The launch of an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL rocket with NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) will have to wait a little longer. The launch is now [...]

Pegasus-XL Ready to Air-Launch NASA's IRIS Sun-Watching Satellite

Deployed from beneath the L-1011 aircraft, Pegasus-XL utilizes three solid-fuelled stages to deliver payloads weighing up to 980 pounds into low-Earth orbit. Wednesday’s flight will be the 42nd Pegasus mission since April 1990. Photo Credit: NASA / Orbital Sciences Corp.

Orbital Sciences Corp. is ready to boost its 42nd Pegasus air-launched rocket aloft on [...]

NASA’s Newest Sun-Watcher Arrives on the West Coast

The IRIS spacecraft arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on 16 April, ahead of its scheduled flight aboard a Pegasus air-launched booster on 28 May. Photo Credit: NASA

Six weeks before its scheduled launch, NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) satellite was delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., last week for final [...]

Aerojet Successfully Test Fires AJ26 Engine

An AJ26 is test fired at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Photo Credit: Orbital

Aerojet has conducted a successful test fire of the company’s AJ26 rocket engine at NASA’s Stennis Space Center located in Mississippi. The test fire was conducted on Friday, Jan. 18. NASA, Orbital Sciences Corporation, and Aerojet monitored the test firing. The [...]

Missions to Watch in 2013

The International Space Station is going to be a busy place in 2013. Photo Credit: NASA

With Curiosity’s landing on Mars and SpaceX’s multiple missions to the International Space Station, 2012 was a good year for spaceflight. And while we might not see the same level of historic or flagship missions fly this year, [...]

NuSTAR Blazes Into Space On The Wings Of Pegasus

Diagram shows NuSTAR in its 33 ft. long fully deployed configuration. The mast will be commanded up in about a week. Image Credit: NASA, JPL, CalTech

An exotic new space telescope with owl eyed X-ray vision  is poised to see right through blocking gas and dust to reveal undiscovered black holes in the Milky [...]