SpaceX Scores New Record for Pad 39A, Launches & Lands First Reused Falcon-9

The SES-10 satellite hitching a ride to orbit on SpaceX’s first reused Falcon-9, which also landed successfully minutes later on the company’s offshore autonomous drone ship. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

History was made this evening (Thursday, 30 March), when SpaceX successfully launched the first “re-used” rocket stage on a second mission to […]

SpaceX's Third SES Mission Marks Record-Setting Launch Cadence for Historic Pad 39A

 

The first “re-used” Upgraded Falcon 9 first stage undergoes a successful Static Fire Test on Monday, 27 March. Launch of the SES-10 mission is targeted for Thursday evening. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Twitter

SpaceX seeks to set a raft of new records on Thursday, 30 March, as its launch cadence out of historic Pad 39A […]

'One Cardinal Rule': 25 Years Since the Shuttle's Home-Watching Mission (Part 2)

Atlantis lands in Florida at the end of STS-45. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Twenty-five years ago, this week, seven individuals from three sovereign nations—five Americans, the first Belgian citizen to enter space and a British-born astronaut—orbited Earth aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis. Their STS-45 mission carried a battery of experiments in the payload […]

'From the Most Violent Place': 25 Years Since the Shuttle's Home-Watching Mission (Part 1)

Flown 25 years ago, in March 1992, ATLAS-1 represented the first Space Shuttle payload fully dedicated to exploring the relationship between the Earth’s atmosphere and its interaction with the Sun. Photo Credit: NASA

A quarter-century ago, this week, Space Shuttle Atlantis roared into orbit on a mission intensely focused on Planet Earth; a mission […]

'Just Unreal What It Had Done': 35 Years Since Columbia's Third Orbital Mission (Part 2)

Like a flying brick, Columbia descends towards White Sands on 30 March 1982. This view was acquired from one of the NASA T-38 jets, flying chase that morning. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty-five years ago, in the final week of March 1982, Commander Jack Lousma and Pilot Gordon Fullerton flew Space Shuttle Columbia on her […]

'Not a Good Place to Land': 35 Years Since Columbia's Third Orbital Mission (Part 1)

Columbia touches down at the mountain-ringed White Sands site in New Mexico on 30 March 1982. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost four decades ago, and two years ahead of the first Space Shuttle launch, NASA took the unusual step of selecting a great white blotch of compacted salt and gypsum in New Mexico’s Tularosa Valley […]

SpaceX Blazes into the Night With Early-Hours EchoStar-23 Launch

A perspective of the ascending Upgraded Falcon 9, as seen from the north. Photo Credit: Mike Killian/AmericaSpace

SpaceX successfully scored “three-for-three” in the small hours of Thursday morning, delivering its third Upgraded Falcon 9 booster aloft in as many months in 2017. Following hard on the heels of its first Iridium NEXT launch in […]

'Worth Waiting 16 Years For': Remembering Deke Slayton's Unrealized Mercury Mission (Part 2)

Savoring his first experience of weightlessness, Deke Slayton traverses through the Docking Module during his one and only space mission. Photo Credit: NASA

By the middle of March 1962, Donald “Deke” Slayton—decorated U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and test pilot and veteran of the grueling Project Mercury selection campaign, during which he had proven […]

Pad 39A Ready for First Night-Time Launch in Seven Years, With Heavyweight EchoStar-23 Mission

Sunday’s mission will be the second SpaceX launch from historic Pad 39A. Since the end of the Space Shuttle era, the pad has been extensively refurbished, including the construction of a Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) for Upgraded Falcon 9 vehicles and payloads. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Just three weeks after triumphantly bringing historic Pad 39A […]

'Change in Velocity': Remembering Deke Slayton's Unrealized Mercury Mission (Part 1)

AS-6.13.13-ASTP-563-S75-23429 Retro Space Images post of NASA photo of Apollo astronaut Deke Slayton posted on AmericaSpace

Deke Slayton, one of the “Original Seven” NASA astronauts, was grounded from his Mercury mission 55 years ago, this month. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty-five years ago, America was a nation in euphoria. Astronaut John Glenn returned triumphantly to Earth on 20 February 1962, after orbiting Earth three times in his Mercury capsule—named “Friendship 7”—and […]