PHOTOS: SpaceX Successfully Completes Rapid Pad Abort Test From Cape Canaveral

More than 120,000 pounds (54,430 kg) of propulsive yield from eight SuperDraco thrusters pulled the Dragon spacecraft to an altitude of 5,000 feet (1,500 meters), ahead of a perfect oceanic splashdown. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

SpaceX has successfully conducted its long-awaited Pad Abort Test of a mockup Crew Dragon spacecraft, ahead of the In-Flight […]

SpaceX Prepares for Latest in Long History of Critical Pad Abort Tests (Part 2)

The launch escape apparatus pulls an Apollo Command Module (CM) to safety during the Pad Abort Test-2 in June 1965. Photo Credit: NASA

Tomorrow, if all goes well, more than 120,000 pounds (54,430 kg) of thrust will rock Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., as SpaceX stages the long-awaited […]

SpaceX Prepares for Latest in Long History of Critical Pad Abort Tests (Part 1)

The LJ-1B Little Joe mission launches from Wallops on 21 January 1960, carrying “Miss Sam”, the second rhesus passenger, on a critical Pad Abort Test for Project Mercury. Photo Credit: NASA

Following the recent successes of the CRS-6 Dragon launch toward the International Space Station (ISS) on 14 April and last week’s flight of […]

SpaceX Aiming for Crew-Dragon Pad Abort Test on May 5

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is prepared for critical pad abort test that will take place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., in May. Photo Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX and NASA today announced no-earlier-than (NET) Tuesday, May 5, for conducting the company’s highly-anticipated, and critically important, Dragon Pad Abort Test (PAT) at the company’s primary launch […]

Returning Human Spaceflight Capability to the United States, Introducing the SpaceX Dragon V2

Introducing the SpaceX Dragon Version 2, the company’s vehicle of choice for returning human spaceflight capability to the United States. Image Credits: Robert Fisher / AmericaSpace / SpaceX

On Thursday, May 29, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) founder and CEO Elon Musk unveiled his Hawthorne, Calif.-based company’s new Dragon spacecraft, the Dragon V2, for returning […]

Orion and Dragon Parachute Systems Undergo Flight Tests in Preparation for Crewed Missions

The SpaceX main parachutes control the descent of the Dragon test article (RIGHT) following a drop test over the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Morro Bay, Calif. On the left, a test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft touches down in the Arizona desert after its most complicated parachute test to date. Photos Credit: […]

NASA Selects Four Potential Mars Landing Sites for InSight Mission

NASA has selected four landing sites for the upcoming InSight mission to the Red Planet. Image Credit: NASA

In late November, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is expected to thunder away from Earth on a one-way trip to study the thin atmosphere of Mars, but the next mission to land on the Red Planet’s surface […]

AmericaSpace Video Feature: Arrival of MAVEN's Atlas V

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance’s ULA Mariner, a ship owned by Foss Marine, delivered the Atlas V 401 rocket which will be used to power NASA’s Mars Atmosphere Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission on its way to Mars. Launch is currently scheduled to […]

ULA Mariner Delivers Atlas V Rocket for NASA's MAVEN Mission to Mars

The ULA Mariner, operated by Foss Marine, safely delivered the first stage and Centaur upper stage, which will be used to begin NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft, on the road to Mars. Photo Credit: Jeffrey J. Soullere / AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance (ULA) and NASA greeted the Atlas […]

Staging Point for the Stars: Space Launch Complexes 40 and 41

An Atlas V rocket with its GPSIIF4 payload launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Between them, they have spent nearly five decades sending robotic explorers to almost every planet—and a few “non-planets,” too—in our Solar System. Missions bound for Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, […]