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Next Launch ATV-5 on a Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana scheduled for 29 Jul 14 23:47:38 GMT

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Critical AEHF-3 Military Communications Satellite Ready for Atlas V Launch

This version of the Atlas V employs a fairing (the protective cover covering the payload) made in Switzerland, three solid rocket boosters manufactured by Aerojet, and RD-180 engines produced in Russia. Photo Credit: United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance (ULA)—the Centennial, Colo.-based launch services organization, which operates the Atlas V and Delta IV vehicles [...]

New Era in Space Exploration? Planetary Resources Crowdfunded Arkyd Space Telescope Reaches Goal

Image Credit: Planetary Resources

After a month-long campaign, Planetary Resources, Inc., a company with its eye on mining asteroids, reached its goal on Sunday, June 30 of raising $1.5 million through crowdfunding. The money, pledged by 17,600 supporters through the Kickstarter website, will go toward launching the world’s first public-use space telescope—Arkyd. Due to [...]

What Does it Take to Photograph Spacecraft in a Clean-Room?

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — It isn’t every day that one gets to go into the clean rooms located at Astrotech’s facilities in Titusville, Fla. When a member of the media does so, it’s usually to take images or video of the spacecraft that are processed there. The procedure [...]

ATK's Lighter, Stronger Solar Arrays to Power Orion

Image Credit: ATK

NASA has selected ATK’s MegaFlex™ solar array design under the space agency’s Space Technology Program thru a competition held to develop lightweight, compact, solar array structures. Under this program, ATK received a little over $6 million to develop the MegaFlex™ design. These solar arrays will be developed at ATK’s Space Components Division located in Goleta, Calif., [...]

NASA's Next Mission Will Give InSight into Mars' Interior

An artist’s concept of the InSight lander drilling into the surface. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Yesterday, NASA announced its next mission. We’re going back to Mars in 2016 to get a look at the red planet’s internal structure with the aptly named InSight mission. The goal is for scientists to get some (pardon the pun) [...]