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Next Launch AsiaSat-6 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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27 Aug 14 4:50:00 GMT
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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

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace / Wired4Space

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, [...]

SpaceX Passes New Hurdles in CCiCap Push Toward USCV-1

As part of its CCiCap bid to provide human launch capability from U.S. soil for the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle, SpaceX will fly a pad abort test late in 2013 or early in 2014. Photo Credit: SpaceX

With the launch of the first U.S. Crew Vehicle (USCV-1) mission now [...]

SpaceX Moves into Phase Three

SpaceX entered into the history books yet again recently when its Falcon 9 rockets successfully launched one of the NewSpace’s firm’s Dragon spacecraft on a resupply run to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

With another successful mission under its belt, SpaceX looks to be unstoppable on its quest to [...]

SpaceX Completes Crucial Crewed Milestone

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has completed a critical design review designed to determine the spacecraft’s viability for crewed missions. Photo Credit: NASA

Space Exploration Technologies or “SpaceX” has completed a vital design review of the crewed version of the company’s Dragon spacecraft. Known as the “concept baseline review” – the study was conducted by NASA [...]

SpaceX Test Fires Brand New Engine – New Video Shows SuperDraco Engine In Action

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully test fired SuperDraco, a powerful new engine that will play a critical role in the company’s efforts to change the future of human spaceflight. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully test fired SuperDraco, a powerful new engine that will play a critical role in the company’s efforts to change the future of human spaceflight. Photo Credit: SpaceX

“SuperDraco engines represent the best of cutting edge technology,” said Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and Chief Technology Officer.  “These engines will [...]