Watch Orbital ATK Test Fire NASA's Orion Launch Abort System

The abort motor for Orion’s launch abort system fired for five seconds in a test at the Promontory, Utah facility of manufacturer Orbital ATK. Credits: Orbital ATK

As summer 2017 quickly gets underway, NASA’s Orion program is making steady progress on a series of different testing programs. In the Neutral Buoyancy Lab at Johnson […]

Dream Chaser Passes Major CRS-2 Review Milestone, Next Flight Test Nears

Sierra Nevada Corporation engineers and technicians prepare the firm’s Dream Chaser engineering test vehicle for tow tests on a taxiway at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Southern California. The vehicle’s second free-flight test is expected later this year. Photo Credit: NASA / Ken Ulbrich

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser ‘spaceplane’ is another step […]

Midland Air and Space Port Achieves First Step Toward Becoming Dream Chaser Landing Site

SNC technicians inspect the Dream Chaser engineering test article (ETA ahead of its second flight test program, expected to begin soon at Edwards AFB in California soon. Photo Credit: SNC

This week Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) announced that the Midland, Texas, International Air and Space Port has achieved the first step toward becoming an […]

Through the Lens: Antares Returns to Flight on OA-5 Mission for NASA

Long exposure of Antares blasting off from Wallops Island carrying the OA-5 mission. Photo Credit: Cole Ippoliti / AmericaSpace

On Monday night, Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket blasted off from Wallops Island, Va., for the first time in nearly two years since the Orb-3 launch accident. It marked the inaugural launch of the company’s new […]

As OA-4 Cygnus Departs, Commercial Cargo Providers Prepare for Busy Visiting Vehicle Manifest

The OA-4 Cygnus spacecraft is pictured high above Bolivia, just prior to release by Canadarm2. Photo Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly/Twitter

Friday morning’s unberthing and departure of Orbital ATK’s OA-4 Cygnus cargo ship from the International Space Station (ISS)—wrapping up the first U.S. visiting vehicle mission of 2016, as well as marking the longest stay-time of […]

SpaceX Primed for Final Falcon 9 v1.1 Launch on Sunday

Sunday’s launch of Jason-3 marks the final flight of the Falcon 9 in its v1.1 configuration. Future missions will utilize the Upgraded Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Less than 28 months since its maiden voyage—which delivered Canada’s low-Earth orbiting Cascade, SmallSat and IOnospheric Polar Explorer (CASSIOPE) aloft, back in September 2013—SpaceX […]

SpaceX Returns to Flight and Returns to Land with Rousing OG-2 Launch

History was made on 21 December 2015, as SpaceX brought the first stage of its Upgraded Falcon 9 back from the edge of space and guided it to a precision landing on solid ground. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Having suffered the catastrophic loss of a Falcon 9 v1.1 booster during first-stage flight on 28 June—which […]

SpaceX Receives First Order for Space Station Crew-Exchange Mission from NASA

View inside the piloted Crew Dragon, previously known as the “Dragon V-2”. Image Credits: Robert Fisher / AmericaSpace / SpaceX

Both of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partners—Boeing and SpaceX—now have mission orders to deliver their first long-duration crews to and from the International Space Station (ISS) in the coming years, thereby restoring the capability […]

Virgin Galactic's New SpaceshipTwo Nearing Completion as Return to Flight Tests Push to 2016

Virgin Galactic’s CEO, George Whitesides, in front of the second SpaceShipTwo as he congratulates the team in Mojave after completing another important milestone in the process of assembling and integrating the second SpaceShipTwo – Weight on Wheels. Photo Credit: Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo, a reusable suborbital “spaceplane” for flying tourists and other […]

Space Station International Docking Adapter Undergoes Tests for Starliner and Crew Dragon

Engineers in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida, recently tested the mechanisms that will connect future commercial crew spacecraft with the second International Docking Adapter. IDA-2, as it’s called, will be taken to the space station on a future cargo resupply mission. It will be one of two connection […]