SpaceX Ties Personal Best, Launches 18th Mission of 2018 With Qatari ComSat

Liftoff of the Es’hail 2 satellite from KSC pad 39A in Florida. Photo Credit: John Kraus / AmericaSpace.com

Less than four months since it successfully lofted the Telstar 19V communications satellite to orbit, a Block 5 Upgraded Falcon 9 first stage roared skyward from historic Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in […]

'Zero-G, And I Feel Fine': 20 Years Since John Glenn's Return to Space

STS-95 launches on 29 October 1998. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty years have now passed since John Glenn—who had found fame as the first American to orbit the Earth—became the oldest human being ever to break the shackles of the Home Planet and venture into space. Aged 77 at the time of his flight in […]

SpaceX Successfully Lands First Falcon in California, Following Spectacular Launch of SAOCOM-1A

Falcon 9 soaring above the mountains surrounding Vandenberg AFB, CA with SAOCOM-1A. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX has triumphantly wrapped up the first Return to Launch Site (RTLS) of a Falcon 9 first stage at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., following the early-evening flight of Argentina’s long-awaited SAOCOM-1A radar-imaging satellite on Sunday, 7 October. Liftoff of […]

Riding the 'Big Maumoo': 50 Years Since Apollo 7 Brought America's Lunar Goal Closer (Part 1)

Build-up of the Saturn IB gets underway at Pad 34 in April 1968, ahead of Apollo 7, the giant rocket’s first mission with a human crew. Photo Credit: NASA

Five decades ago, a gigantic rocket—nicknamed “the big maumoo” by Apollo 7 Commander Wally Schirra—stood primed on Pad 34 at Cape Kennedy, ready to launch […]

SpaceX Aims for First Falcon Landing at Vandenberg With Sunday Night SAOCOM-1A Launch

Saturday’s launch will mark the fifth SpaceX flight of 2018 out of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., tying a “personal best” from last year. Photo Credit: NASA

Following a smooth Static Fire Test of its nine Merlin 1D+ first-stage engines on Tuesday, 2 October, SpaceX stands ready to launch—and land—its first Falcon 9 booster […]

'Roger, Go': Remembering the Shuttle's Return to Flight, 30 Years Ago

Thirty years ago, at 11:38 a.m. EDT on 29 September 1988, America returned to space with humans for the first time in the 32 months since Challenger. Photo Credit: NASA

As America prepares for another “return to flight” next year—carrying astronauts to low-Earth orbit aboard Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon—a moment of […]

ULA Selects Blue Origin's BE-4 Engine to Launch New Vulcan Rocket

Vulcan Centaur, United Launch Alliance’s next-generation American rocket, lifts off in this artist’s rendering. Image Credit: ULA

ULA’s answer to the competitive launch services market, the Vulcan Centaur rocket, is well on its way to becoming a reality, as the company provided an update this afternoon on the status of the new booster’s development. […]

Summer of the Shuttle: Remembering the Ill-Fated Summer of '84

An ominous cloud of smoke billows away from Pad 39A in the seconds after a problematic Main Engine Start on 26 June 1984. Photo Credit: NASA

More than 30 summers ago, America’s shuttle program should have entered its prime. Touted for over a decade as capable of flying regularly and routinely, the early summer […]

Delta-IV Heavy Undergoing Wet Dress Rehearsals as Parker Solar Probe Nears August 4 Launch

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta-IV Heavy underling a Wet Dress Rehearsal on Space Launch Complex 37B for NASA’s upcoming Parker Solar Probe launch, slated for no earlier than August 4, 2018. Photo Credit: ULA

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) rocket slated to launch humanity’s first mission to ‘touch’ a star is spending this […]

SpaceX Turns Focus to Vandenberg for Twilight Launch with Iridium-7 NET July 20

Launch of Iridium-4 from Vandenberg AFB, California. Photo: SpaceX

Up next on the U.S. space launch manifest is another SpaceX mission, and another twilight one at that, scheduled to fly atop a ‘Block 5’ Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California as soon as July 20 with the seventh batch […]