History’s First Space Ace, Taking Out a Satellite with an F-15

Maj. Wilbert ‘Doug’ Pearson stands with his modified F-15A, prior to shooting down a satellite on Sept. 13, 1985. Photo: USAF

Thirty-two years ago this week, on Sept. 13, 1985, an accomplished F-15 test pilot named Maj. Wilbert D. “Doug” Pearson (now a retired Maj. Gen.) took off from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., […]

PHOTOS: TDRS-M Launch Reset for Aug 20 as ULA Readies Rocket

Launch of NASA’s TDRS-M satellite atop a ULA Atlas-V rocket has been reset for August 20, giving Boeing time to replace a damaged antenna. Photo: AmericaSpace / Jeff Seibert

The launch of NASA’s next Tracking Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-M, is now rescheduled for 7:56 a.m. EDT August 20, at the beginning of a 40-minute […]

PHOTOS: SpaceX Launches First Classified Mission, Lands Fourth Falcon on Dry Land

Liftoff of NROL-76 from pad 39A, the first SpaceX launch of a National Reconnaissance Office payload. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

On May 1 at 7:15 a.m EDT, SpaceX and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) launched the NROL 76 spacecraft on a 58 deg. trajectory up the U.S. east coast, flying atop a […]

NRO 76 Launch To Put SpaceX Deep In ULA Territory Sunday

NROL-76 will mark the first launch by SpaceX of a classified military payload, putting the company deep into ULA territory. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

The National Reconnaissance Office NRO 76 mission set for liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center early Sunday Apr. 30, could introduce a new or upgraded class of NRO […]

Delta IV to Launch WGS-9 This Saturday After RS-68 Engine Problem

ULA is scheduled to launch a Delta-IV rocket with the U.S. Air Force WGS-9 satellite just after sunset this Saturday, March 18, from SLC-37B at Cape Canaveral AFS, FL. In this photo, a ULA Delta-IV lofts the WGS-7 satellite from the same location. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

A United Launch Alliance Delta-IV […]

Virtual Reality Meets Space Tourism: World's First VR Satellite To Be Launched in 2017

Artist’s illustration of the Overview 1 satellite in orbit, which will provide a unique virtual reality view from orbit. Image Credit: SpaceVR

Virtual reality is one of the hottest trends in technology right now, and it might seem natural that it would be used in conjunction with space technology. Now, SpaceVR, a company specializing […]

Successful NRO/ULA NRO-61 Launch Bolsters Secret Relay

A ULA Atlas-V 421 rocket launching the classified NRO-61 satellite from Cape Canaveral, Fla., July 28, 2016. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

The successful launch today of the 11,000-lb National Reconnaissance Office NRO 61 geosynchronous orbit, real-time relay spacecraft has given the U.S. a major new capability to speedily forward high-resolution imagery and […]

Mammoth Eavesdropping Satellite Set for Launch Atop Delta-IV Heavy

Armed and with his identity protected, this swordsman guards the American Flagbehind a shield marked 37 in Roman numerals. Image Credit: NRO

UPDATE: NRO-37 will attempt to launch again on Saturday at 1:51pm EDT. The first launch attempt June 9 was scrubbed due to weather violations.

Story published originally June 8: The […]

The Inside Story of How Aviation Week’s Decision to Sit on One Cold War Blockbuster Led to Another

DIA briefings arranged by Gen. “Davy” Jones as part of Aviation Week’s deal not to publish KH-11 details revealed the Soviets had begun development of a space shuttle that ultimately flew only once—unmanned— in November 1988. Credit: Energia

Editor’s note: This month Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine, where our U.S. Military […]

ULA & USAF Dazzle West Coast with Delta-IV Night Launch of NRO-45 Topaz-4 Satellite

A top secret 8-ton National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)/Boeing Topaz imaging radar satellite was successfully launched into a retrograde polar orbit before dawn Feb. 10 from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., atop a ULA Delta-IV Medium. Mission NROL-45. Photo Credit: Robert Fisher / AmericaSpace

A top secret, 8-ton National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)/Boeing Topaz imaging radar satellite was […]