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With Fair Skies Ahead, ULA Shoots for Thursday Launch of TDRS-L Satellite

Pictured in Astrotech’s payload processing facility on 3 January 2014, TDRS-L resembles an enormous insect and will form the 12th member of NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite family. Photo Credit: Mike Killian Photography/AmericaSpace

With weather conditions at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station expected to be 80 percent favorable, United Launch Alliance (ULA) stands [...]

TDRS-L and Atlas V Readied for 23 January Launch

Pictured in the pre-dawn darkness of Monday, 13 January, during rollout from Astrotech’s payload processing facility to SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the TDRS-L payload shroud is emblazoned with the mission logos. Photo Credit: Jacques van Oene/AmericaSpace

More than 30 years since its maiden launch, NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) [...]

NASA Providing Support for Santa's Annual Christmas Mission Tonight

Kennedy Space Center’s 2012 holiday poster, depicting Santa Claus and NASA’s spaceflight endeavors. Image Credit: NASA

Santa’s epic mission to deliver toys to good children around the world for Christmas 2013 is already underway, with an estimated 132 million Christian homes on his “nice” list that can expect a visit. Pulling off this feat, [...]

With TDRS-L Arrival, NASA's Next Tracking and Data Relay Satellite Begins Final Preparations for January Launch

Like an oversized insect, TDRS-L is visually quite distinct from its cousins of the shuttle-launched first generation of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA’s 12th Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) will shortly begin final processing at the Kennedy Space Center, following its delivery last week to Florida aboard a U.S. [...]

ULA Prepares for Fifth Atlas V 501 Mission to Deliver Classified NROL-39 Payload to Orbit

Like February’s flight of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the NROL-39 payload will be launched atop an Atlas V in its “501” configuration. Photo Credit: ULA / Pat Corkery

For only the fifth time in its history, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is primed to fly an Atlas V in its “501” configuration Thursday, [...]

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 [...]

Boeing Communications Relay Satellites Complete Space, Earthly Testing

Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

Two Boeing Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) have completed testing milestones – one in space and the other on Earth – marking more progress in enhancing the tracking and communications network used by NASA and its customers.

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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, [...]