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Like Superman: ESA's IXV Spaceplane Makes Successful Research Flight

AND IT’S OFF: A Vega launch vehicle lofts ESA’s IXV spaceplane to its suborbital mission. Photo Credit: ESA–S. Corvaja

It wasn’t Superman, but a spaceplane; however, it sure appeared to travel “faster than a speeding bullet,” as it cleared the pad in four seconds.

At 13:40 GMT (8:40 EST) today, the flight of the […]

'Ready to Fly': Europe's IXV Spaceplane Geared Up for Feb. 11 Launch

Fueling IXV: “The IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle is being prepared for launch at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. IXV will be launched 320 km into space on top of a Vega rocket, climbing up to 420 km before beginning a long glide back through the atmosphere. In the process, IXV will gather data […]

'A Woman in the Driver's Seat': Remembering STS-93, First Flight Helmed by a Female Shuttle Commander

The STS-93 crew poses with a model of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. This shuttle mission also entered into the history books for having the first female commander (Eileen Collins, here joined by Steven Hawley, Jerry Ashby, Michel Tognini, and Cady Coleman). Photo Credit: NASA

The 2009 book Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to […]

ESA's IXV Spaceplane Readied for November Flight, While US Spaceplanes Pass Milestones

From the European Space Agency (ESA): “[The IXV] will be launched by ESA in 2014 on Vega, Europe’s new small launcher, into a suborbital path, from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. After being launched into space, IXV will return to Earth as if from a low-orbit mission, testing brand-new European atmospheric reentry technologies during […]

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 […]

Engine Problems Delay Next Week's Planned ULA Delta-IV GPS IIF-5 Launch

The Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-5 is moved onto a transporter on 17 September 2013, whilst in clean room conditions at the Navstar Processing Facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Photo Credit: Boeing

Next week’s planned launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta-IV rocket with the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-5 satellite […]

Retro Space Images: Preparing Juno II for Launch

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Retro Cape: Launch team members pause long enough to pose for this photo at Complex 5 while preparing a Juno II for launch in December 1958 from Cape Canaveral. The Juno II was a derivative of the Jupiter rocket and was used in the late 1950s and early […]

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Roars Through Second Supersonic Flight

On Sept. 5, 2013, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo was released from its carrier aircraft and proceeded to conduct its second supersonic flight. Photo Credit: Mars Scientific / Clay Center Observatory

At 8 a.m. PDT, over the deserts of Mojave, Calif., Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2), ferried aloft by the WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft, was released, and […]

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 […]