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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 […]

NASA Dryden Now Known as NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

This painting by artist Robert McCall sums up Neil A. Armstrong’s achievements in aviation and spaceflight history. NASA Dryden Flight Research Center was renamed after Armstrong, who died in 2012, on Saturday, March 1. Image Credit: NASA (painting by Robert McCall)

New year, new name: NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, located at Edwards Air […]

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 […]

Retro Space Images: Happy Birthday to Joe Engle

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Another Year Tacked On: Happy Birthday wishes to X-15 pilot and NASA group 5 astronaut Joe Engle. Born in 1932, Engle served as commander of STS-2 in 1981 and STS-51I in 1985. Photo shows Engle and astronaut Richard Truly heading for Pad 39A during a pre-flight test prior […]

Retro Space Images: Remembering Neil Armstrong

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

A Birthday Remembered: Today we remember Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong, who would have celebrated his 83rd birthday on August 5. Armstrong became a NASA astronaut in 1962 and is shown here in July 1965 while assigned as back-up command pilot for the Gemini 5 mission. Neil […]

Book Reviews: 'The X-15 Rocket Plane,' 'Last Launch,' and 'Not Because It's Easy'

Image Credit: University of Nebraska / University of Texas / Status Productions

AmericaSpace staff has reviewed several high-quality books lately that we would like to share with our readers. These range from strict historical texts to glossy photo-based offerings to a fictional story based on the space program. We hope you’ll take our word […]

Retro Space Images: Preparing for History

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Can You Train for History? — Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong during extra-vehicular activity training exercises at the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in April 1969.

 

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A Brief History of Spaceplanes

Spaceplanes are not a new concept, having been thought up years before the space age even began. Image Credit: NASA

A spaceplane is quite simply a vehicle that can fly as both an airplane in the atmosphere—generating lift from its wings—and as a spacecraft in a vacuum using rocket propulsion. No spaceplane has yet […]

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Ignites Engine, Thunders Through Sound Barrier

Photo Credit: MarsScientific.com / Clay Center Observatory

Virgin Galactic activated SpaceShipTwo’s (SS2) rocket motor for the first time in flight Monday morning, sending the space plane supersonic and paving the way for customers to fly into space.

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