Air Force Weather Satellite’s Breakup Blamed on Wiring Harness Compression in Battery Charge Assembly

DMSP Air Force weather satellite is depicted in polar orbit near Alaska. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

DMSP Air Force weather satellite is depicted in polar orbit near Alaska. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

A U.S. Air Force review into the Feb. 3 loss of Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Flight 13 determined a failure of the spacecraft’s battery charger as the likely cause of the satellite’s failure and structural breakup.

Analysis […]

SALVO Cubesat Rocket Debuts Stealth Launch Vehicle Era

Artist concept depicts SALVO Cubesat launcher on belly of F-15. The liquid oxygen/kerosene powered rocket may already have begun secret launches off Cape Canaveral. Image Credit: DARPA

Artist concept depicts SALVO Cubesat launcher on belly of F-15. The liquid oxygen/kerosene powered rocket may already have begun secret launches off Cape Canaveral. Image Credit: DARPA

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Air Force are poised to begin the Cape Canaveral launch of Cubesats on a new advanced technology […]

Air Force Certifies SpaceX to Fly National Security Missions, Ending ULA Monopoly as DOD Launch Provider

Liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket to deliver the company’s sixth dedicated Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station on April 14, 2015, at 4:10 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Today, it was announced that SpaceX is certified to compete for U.S. military and spy satellite missions. Photo Credit: John Studwell / […]

Next Air Force X-37B Flight To Launch May 20 Carrying NASA Materials Science Experiment

Recovery crew members process the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle at Vandenberg Air Force Base after completing 674 days in space. A total of three X-37B missions have been completed, totaling 1,367 days on orbit. The X-37B will be equipped with a NASA materials exposure experiment with nearly 100 samples focusing on polymers, composites, and […]

US Warns China to Halt ASAT Threats as Defense Dept. Reorganizes for Improved Space Warfare Capability

China’s first solid propellant launcher, the Long March-11 rocket, is a likely ASAT booster. Photo Credit: CALT

Significant changes are underway in U.S. military space operations due to the growing threat from Chinese anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons and the exponential growth in lightsats and CubeSats that threaten to “darken the sky,” consuming huge bandwidth while […]

45th Space Wing Detachment 3 Outlines Orion EFT-1 Recovery Training and Preparations for Return of US Human Spaceflight

The U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing’s 45th Ops Group, Detachment-3 Support and Operations Center (SOC) at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Detachment 3, also known as the Dept. of Defense Human Spaceflight Division, is responsible for providing whatever DoD support NASA needs for Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1). 45th ops Group Det 3 is […]

For Jack Swigert, On His 83rd Birthday

John L. “Jack” Swigert, pictured in a 1971 NASA photo. Photo Credit: NASA

In 2011, waiting for STS-133 to launch on a sunny February afternoon in Titusville, Fla., an out-of-town visitor inquired about Apollo astronauts while talking to a former Cape worker in the proximity of the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum, formerly […]

Government Requests Court Dismiss SpaceX Lawsuit Over Air Force's 36-Rocket Block-Buy Deal With ULA

A SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket (left) and a ULA Atlas-V (right). SpaceX is filing a lawsuit against the Federal Government for the right to compete for Department of Defense and other government launch contracts, which ULA currently has a monopoly over. Photo Credits: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters / Mike Killian

On June 30, 2014, the […]

SpaceX President on Falcon-9 OG2 Delays and Webcast Concerns, Company Aiming for July 14/15 Launch Attempt

SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell and the Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket tasked with delivering the OG2 payload to orbit for customer ORBCOMM. Image Credits: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace / SpaceX

Last weekend Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) made three attempts to launch six next-generation telecommunications satellites (mission OG2) for customer ORBCOMM, but two […]

United Launch Alliance Delivers Next Generation GPS Satellite to Orbit on Delta-IV's 26th Mission

ULA’s Delta-IV lofting the GPS IIF-6 satellite to orbit on the Delta’s 26th flight. Screen Grab Credit: ULA / AmericaSpace

A beautiful Florida sunset was outdone by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta-IV rocket this evening with the successful delivery of the next Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite to a semi-synchronous 11,000-mile-high circular orbit for the […]