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SpaceX's Shotwell Addresses Contamination Concerns Previously Reported by News Outlets

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule is seen berthed at the International Space Station (ISS) during the CRS-2 mission in early 2013. SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell discussed the upcoming CRS-3 mission on The Space Show. Photo Credit: NASA

SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell was featured on the March 21 episode [...]

Astronauts Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross to Be Honored With Hall of Fame Induction

Astronauts Jerry Ross and Dr. Shannon Lucid will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on May 3. Image Credit: The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation website

A Shuttle-Mir veteran and a spacewalking virtuoso will join the ranks of other spaceflight legends on the afternoon of Saturday, May 3, at the Kennedy Space Center [...]

NASA Tests Limits of 3-D Printing With Powerful Rocket Engine Check

NASA has repeatedly tested out 3-D-printed components. The most recent of these took place on Aug. 22. Photo Credit: NASA

With several smaller, successful tests completed using the technology, NASA conducted another test firing of an engine that had a fuel injector produced by 3-D printing. The process, known as additive manufacturing, has made [...]

Q-and-A: Engineer Talks Future of 3D-Printed Rocket Engines

Just last month, Aerojet Rocketdyne tested out a rocket engine fuel injector that was produced by 3D printing. AmericaSpace spoke with Jeff Haynes, a program manager working to develop this technology for space flight purposes. He talked about the first test, what the limitations are for 3D-printed parts, as well as the ramifications for [...]

Launch Viewing Guide: ULA Atlas V Rocket With MUOS-2 Satellite

Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is preparing to launch an Atlas V 551 rocket with the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System 2 (MUOS-2) satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) in Florida. Liftoff is currently set to take place July 19 at [...]

NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne Test 3D Printed Rocket Engine Component

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have successfully conducted a hot-fire test of a component they constructed using additive manufacturing technology, more commonly known as “3D printing.” Photo Credit: NASA / Glenn

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have recently completed a series of “hot-fire” tests on a rocket engine that utilized additive manufacturing,  or “3D printing,” parts. [...]

SpaceX Signs Agreement for Potential Military Launches

Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of SMC, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk signing the CRADA Photo Credit U.S. Air Force Joe Juarez

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and SpaceX have signed an agreement that will eventually allow SpaceX to be considered as a launch provider for U.S. military satellites, [...]

Photo Feature: Launch of GPS IIF-4

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — For those used to archival footage of the early days of space flight, watching modern-day launches must seem a tad dull. These days, launches are, by and large, happening on time and as planned. Such was the case with this past week’s launch of a [...]

Video Feature: Launch of GPS IIF4

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — There could not have been clearer skies on May 15, 2013, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch of an Atlas V 401 rocket with its GPS IIF-4 payload took place right on time and encountered zero obvious issues on the [...]

Launch Viewing Guide: ULA Atlas V Rocket With GPS IIF-4 Satellite Set for Wednesday Evening

Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is preparing to launch an Atlas V 401 rocket with the Air Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-4 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) in Florida. Launch is currently set to take place May 15 at [...]