NASA Space Communications Operations to Extend Through 2030, With Friday Launch of TDRS-M

Originally scheduled to launch on 3 August, NASA’s next Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) will now launch on 18 August, atop an Atlas V 401 booster. Photo: AmericaSpace / Jeff Seibert

More than 30 years since its maiden launch—and having enabled near-continuous communications traffic between dozens of Space Shuttle and International Space Station […]

5 Years on Mars, How Curiosity Pulled Off One of the Most Incredible Landings in History

A “self-portrait” of Curiosity beside one of the dunes in the Bagnold Dunes. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

For the silver foxes among us, we may remember where we were when JFK died or when Challenger breathed her last in the skies above the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). But for NASA’s Curiosity rover—which alighted on Mars, […]

'Godspeed, John Glenn': Cygnus Soars Atop Atlas-V on Voyage to Space Station

The OA-7 Cygnus ‘John Glenn’ taking flight atop a ULA Atlas-V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFS at 11:11am EDT April 18, 2017, headed to the ISS with tons of fresh cargo, supplies and experiments. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Despite being the “barebones” member of the fleet, the pencil-like Atlas V 401 […]

John Glenn to Return to Space 'In Spirit' on ISS-Bound OA-7 Cygnus Cargo Mission

Friday’s OA-7 mission will be the third Cygnus to be delivered to orbit via a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V. Photo Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly/Twitter

Denied a second spaceflight by then-President John F. Kennedy, reportedly on account of his value to the nation as America’s first man to orbit the Earth, Astronaut John Glenn […]

Atlas-V NRO-79 Intruder Mission Readied For Wednesday Launch To Track Ships

The mission patch for the NRO 79 satellites has a woman warrior with an owl-eye “modification” and a Medusa shield to carry out “Victory With Intelligence” in Latin on the shield. Credit: NRO

The U.S. Air Force’s 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg AFB Calif., along with United Launch Alliance (ULA) and the National Reconnaissance […]

Commercial Crew Heads for Regular Missions, Despite First Piloted Flights NET 2018

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program will deliver U.S. astronauts into low-Earth orbit, from U.S. soil, and aboard a U.S. spacecraft, for the first time since the end of the Space Shuttle era. Image Credit: NASA

This week’s announcement by NASA of eight additional crew-rotation missions to the International Space Station (ISS)—four each by Commercial Crew […]

60th ULA Atlas V Delivers EchoStar-XIX Communications Satellite to Orbit in Year-End Mission

Powered by its single RD-180 first-stage engine and three solid-fueled boosters, the Atlas V 431 springs away from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at the Cape at 2:13 p.m. EST on Sunday, 18 December. Photo Credit: John Kraus/AmericaSpace

Only weeks after passing its 10th anniversary of operations, and just over a year since its 100th […]

Uncommon Rocket, Uncommon Payload: ULA Ready for Sunday Launch of EchoStar-XIX

The EchoStar-XIX satellite, pictured during construction and testing. Photo Credit: Hughes Network Systems/Twitter

Over the last decade, United Launch Alliance (ULA) has earned a strong reputation for reliability and schedule adherence, with 114 Delta II, Atlas V, and Delta IV missions successfully completed between 14 December 2006 and last week’s flight of the latest […]

Ten Years, 114 Launches: ULA Celebrates Decade Milestone of First Flight

A Delta II booster delivers the NROL-21 payload into orbit, on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office, on 14 December 2006. This was the first flight conducted under the auspices of United Launch Alliance (ULA) and took place less than two weeks after it entered operation. Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force

Ten years ago, […]

ULA Launches Second Mission in Eight Days, Delivers GOES-R Weather Sentinel to Orbit

Long exposure view from Playalinda Beach tonight, United Launch Alliance’s workhorse Atlas-V booster successfully lifted off at 6:42pm ET with NASA & NOAA’s GOES-R (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R Series) satellite. Photo Credit: John Kraus / AmericaSpace

Just eight days after it boosted the WorldView-4 commercial Earth-watcher to orbit from the West Coast, […]