SpaceX Successfully Launches First of Seven Iridium NEXT Multi-Satellite Missions

As well as returning SpaceX to flight, today's mission marked the first successful drone ship landing for Just Read the Instructions. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Twitter

As well as returning SpaceX to flight, today’s mission marked the first successful drone ship landing for Just Read the Instructions. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Twitter

SpaceX has returned to flight operations, with the successful delivery of ten Iridium NEXT global mobile telecommunications satellites to low-Earth orbit. Launch of the Upgraded Falcon 9 took place during […]

SpaceX Ready for Return-to-Flight Mission, Launching 10-Strong Iridium NEXT Payload

The Upgraded Falcon 9 vehicle for the first Iridium NEXT mission is prepared for launch. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Matt Desch/Twitter

The Upgraded Falcon 9 vehicle for the first Iridium NEXT mission is prepared for launch. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Matt Desch/Twitter

Four months after an Upgraded Falcon 9 booster catastrophically exploded on Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.—destroying both the vehicle and its payload, the Amos-6 communications satellite—SpaceX is ready for […]

SpaceX Closes AMOS-6 Investigation, Aims to Launch 10 Satellites Next Sunday

The first ten IridiumNEXT satellites are stacked and encapsulated in the Falcon 9 fairing for a Jan. 8 launch attempt from Vandenberg AFB, CA. Photo Credit: Iridium

The first ten IridiumNEXT satellites are stacked and encapsulated in the Falcon 9 fairing for a Jan. 8 launch attempt from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Photo Credit: Iridium

SpaceX is aiming to return their workhorse Falcon-9 rocket to flight next Sunday with a fleet of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites (launch is still pending FAA approval). The […]

Ten Years, 114 Launches: ULA Celebrates Decade Milestone of First Flight

A Delta II booster delivers the NROL-21 payload into orbit, on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office, on 14 December 2006. This was the first flight conducted under the auspices of United Launch Alliance (ULA) and took place less than two weeks after it entered operation. Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force

A Delta II booster delivers the NROL-21 payload into orbit, on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office, on 14 December 2006. This was the first flight conducted under the auspices of United Launch Alliance (ULA) and took place less than two weeks after it entered operation. Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force

Ten years ago, […]

SpaceX Pushes Return to Flight to January with Iridium NEXT Satellites

File photo of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching 11 satellites for ORBCOMM Dec. 21, 2015. Their next scheduled launch will be the first following the loss of AMOS-6 last Sep., flying 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg AFB, CA as soon as early Jan., 2017. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

File photo of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching 11 satellites for ORBCOMM Dec. 21, 2015. Their next scheduled launch will be the first following the loss of AMOS-6 last September, flying 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., as soon as early January 2017. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

SpaceX is pushing […]

SpaceX Targeting Dec. 16 Return to Flight from Vandenberg with First Iridium NEXT Satellites

File photo of a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket in a processing hangar. The company is now targeting Dec. 16, 2016 for their "Return to Flight" to launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg AFB, Ca. The mission comes three months after a Falcon-9 rocket exploded while fueling during a launch wet dress rehearsal. Photo Credit: SpaceX

File photo of a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket in a processing hangar. The company is now targeting Dec. 16, 2016, for their “Return to Flight” to launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. The mission comes three months after a Falcon-9 rocket exploded while fueling during a launch wet dress rehearsal. Photo Credit: […]

Atlas V Rocks Vandenberg, Delivering WorldView-4 Satellite to Orbit

The barebones 401 variant of the rocket has now officially completed 50 percent of all Atlas V missions. Photo Credit: ULA

Artist’s concept of WorldView-4 in orbit. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

After almost two months of delays, caused by raging wildland fires which swept across vast areas of Vandenberg’s North and South Base, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully roared away from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-3E at 10:30 a.m. PST (1:30 p.m. […]

ULA Prepares to Return to Flight With Friday Launch of WorldView-4

WorldView-4's 3.4-foot-diameter (1.1-meter) telescope assembly is clearly visible in this view at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., after the satellite had bee uncrated on 28 July. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

WorldView-4’s 3.4-foot-diameter (1.1-meter) telescope assembly is clearly visible in this view at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., after the satellite had bee uncrated on 28 July. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

Eight weeks later than planned—due to a series of wildland fires which plagued Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in the second half of September—United Launch […]

Commercial Earth-Watcher Ready for Friday Morning Launch

WorldView-4's 3.4-foot-diameter (1.1-meter) telescope assembly is clearly visible in this view at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., after the satellite had bee uncrated on 28 July. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 satellite is readied for encapsulation in the Atlas V payload fairing on 8 September 2016. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

Twenty-five months after the WorldView-3 commercial Earth-imaging satellite was launched into orbit, its near-twin is set to rocket out of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., no sooner than Friday, 16 September, atop a […]

A Review of SpaceX's Launch Manifest History

File photo, SpaceX launch of their Cargo Dragon capsule from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla. The company is developing a crew version of their Dragon too, but in comments this week confirmed they won't be launching anyone on one for NASA until at least May 2018. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

SpaceX CRS-7 launch. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

For SpaceX, the last year has been a time of struggle and success. After launching six customers into orbit in the first half of 2015, SpaceX faced a second-stage launch failure on its seventh launch. Yet, in less than five months, SpaceX completed its launch contract with Orbcomm […]