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 […]

Delta IV Propels WGS-8 Toward Secret GEO Location

Picture-perfect liftoff last night for United Launch Alliance and their Delta-IV rocket with the eighth U.S. Air Force / Boeing Wideband Global Satcom satellite (WGS-8), now en-route to a 22,300-mile geosynchronous orbit. Photo Credit: John Kraus / AmericaSpace

The most powerful Boeing/Air Force military communications spacecraft ever launched—the WGS 8 Wideband Global Satcom—is climbing […]

Delta-IV WGS-8 Rocket Launch Tonight, WATCH LIVE Starting at 6:33pm EST

U.S. Air Force WGS-7 launch atop a ULA Delta-IV. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is poised to fly the eighth U.S. Air Force / Boeing Wideband Global Satcom satellite (WGS-8) to a 22,300-mile geosynchronous orbit tonight atop a Delta-IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Liftoff is […]

Most Powerful USAF Satcom Readied for Delta IV Launch Wednesday Night

File photo of a ULA Delta IV rocket standing by to deliver the sixth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-6) satellite to geosynchronous orbit for the U.S. Air Force. The WGS satellites are an important element of a new high-capacity satellite communications system providing enhanced communications capabilities to our troops in the field for the next […]

GOES-R Set for Saturday Launch, Ready for Quantum Leap in Earth Weather Watching

The GOES-R spacecraft is prepared for its 19 November 2016 launch. Photo Credit: NASA

For only the fourth occasion in its history, the Atlas V will rise from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., in its second-most-powerful active operational variant on Saturday evening. The rarely used “541” configuration of United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) highly […]

Around the Moon for Eighty Days: Remembering the Half-Century Anniversary of Lunar Orbiter-1

The grainy significance of this image, acquired by Lunar Orbiter-1 on 23 August 1966, is that it is the very first view of Earth, as seen from lunar distance. At the time, the spacecraft was on its 16th orbit around the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA

For countless millennia, the Moon has captivated the fascination […]

Space Station Open for Commercial Crew, As EVA-36 Team Installs IDA-2

The International Docking Adapter (IDA)-2 was installed onto Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA)-2, at the forward end of the space station’s Harmony node. Image Credit: NASA

More than sixty months since it last saw the arrival of a human-piloted vehicle, Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA)-2 at the extreme forward “end” of the International Space Station (ISS) […]

NASA Orders Second SpaceX Crew Mission, As Space Station Prepares for IDA-2 Installation

The SpaceX Crew Dragon. Photo Credit: Robert Fisher / AmericaSpace

With a little more than a year to go before U.S. astronauts launch aboard a U.S.-built spacecraft, and from U.S. soil, for the first time since the end of the Space Shuttle era, NASA has ordered its second Post-Certification Mission (PCM) from SpaceX. The […]

SpaceX Successfully Delivers Eutelsat/ABS Satellite Duo to Orbit

Today’s launch marked the sixth flight of the Upgraded Falcon 9 in less than six months. Photo Credit: John Kraus/AmericaSpace

Nineteen days after its most recent mission, SpaceX has successfully delivered a pair of commercial payloads toward Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), at an altitude of about 22,300 miles (35,900 km). The Upgraded Falcon 9 […]

SpaceX Primed for Deja Vu Double-Deploy Mission Wednesday

The Upgraded Falcon 9 first stage for the Eutelsat 117 West B and ABS-2A double-deployment mission arrives at Cape Canaveral on 27 May. Photo Credit: SpaceX

If all goes according to plan, the morning of Wednesday, 15 June, should bring a pinch of déjà vu for SpaceX, as the Hawthorne, Calif.-headquartered launch services organization […]