Cape/KSC Spaceport Faces Fantastic 2016 with Especially Significant GPS Kickoff Feb. 5

Propelled by its three “cores,” the Falcon Heavy is expected to make its maiden voyage in fall 2016. This behemoth will cement its credentials as the most powerful rocket in current operational status, overtaking the Delta IV Heavy. Image Credit: SpaceX

The planned Feb. 5 launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas-V carrying […]

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 […]

Jason-3 Critical to Understanding Rising Sea Levels: Interview with Project Scientist Josh Willis (Part 1)

The Jason-3 satellite undergoing final preparations for placement within a payload fairing for launch atop a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket, currently scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 17 from Vandenberg AFB in southern CA. Photo Credit: NASA

On January 17, an Earth science spacecraft designed to measure the surface topography of our planet’s ocean is scheduled to […]

SpaceX Jason-3 First Stage Falcon Will Attempt ASDS Landing at Sea

SpaceX has confirmed they will attempt to land their Falcon-9 first stage booster on one of two offshore barges after launching the Jason-3 satellite from Vandenberg AFB in Southern California, currently scheduled to launch No-Earlier-Than (NET) Jan. 17. Photo Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX has confirmed they will attempt to land their Falcon-9 first stage booster […]

SpaceX Launch and Landing Attempt GO Tonight at Cape Canaveral

SpaceX is scheduled to launch their Falcon-9 rocket tonight on its first launch since the loss of CRS-7 last summer. The mission is to deliver 11 OG2 satellites to low-Earth orbit for Orbcomm, but SpaceX has a secondary objective to land the booster’s first stage back at Cape Canaveral minutes after launch, on a […]

Details of Falcon-9 Booster Landing Attempt at Cape Canaveral Sunday Night

Illustration of a SpaceX Falcon-9 booster with its landing legs and hypersonic grid fins deployed for a landing attempt. The company will attempt this feat at Cape Canaveral, for the first time, with launch of the Orbcomm OG-2 mission Sunday evening. Image Credit: SpaceX

Six months after its 19th mission ended in pieces falling […]

SpaceX Completes Hot Fire Test, Eyes NET Sunday Night for Falcon-9 Return to Flight

After several delays SpaceX conducted their standard static test fire at SLC-40 this evening at Cape Canaveral AFS in Florida, paving the way for a NET Sunday launch attempt, which will mark the inaugural flight of the upgraded SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket, previously known informally as the “Full Thrust” (FT) or “v1.2”. Photo Credit: Michael […]

RD-180 Engine Procurement Ban Overturned, Revealing Sharp Space Policy Differences

Twin nozzle RD-180 engines, which power ULA’s Atlas-V rocket and many of the nation’s national security payloads into space, await shipment to the U.S. from Energomash in Khimky Russia. Photo Credit: Energomash

In a major military space policy shift, United Launch Alliance (ULA) will be allowed to procure more Russian RD-180 engines for the […]

Gov't Officials Pummel ULA and Raytheon for Poor Atlas-V Judgement and GPS III Ground Segment Performance

A ULA Atlas-V rocket, powered by a Russian RD-180 engine, lofts Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo freighter to the International Space Station Dec 6, 2015. ULA and Raytheon were pummeled by Sen. McCain and USAF Gen. Hyten this week over poor Atlas-V judgement and GPS-III ground segment performance. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

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Falcon-9 Aiming for Dec. 19 RTF with Orbcomm Satellites, Booster Landing Plans Still Unclear

Elon Musk announced today the updated Return to Flight date for their next Falcon-9 launch, which is now scheduled for nighttime on Dec. 19 to deliver 11 satellites to orbit for Orbcomm. File Photo, Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Six months after its 19th mission ended in pieces of falling debris offshore of Cape […]