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, […]

Six Wheels on Martian Regolith: 20 Years Since NASA's Pathfinder Mission Launched to the Red Planet

Three Generations of Rovers

With the deployed petals and airbags of the lander in the foreground, the Sojourner rover can be seen at work in the middle-distance. Photo Credit: NASA

Having alighted on the Red Planet in July 1997, and having been dug out of Martian regolith by Mark Watney as part of his efforts to achieve salvation, […]

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, […]

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 […]

ULA Atlas V to Deliver Next Orbital ATK Cygnus Cargo Ship to Space Station

Following last month’s successful return to flight of Orbital ATK’s Antares booster, the next Cygnus cargo mission for the International Space Station (ISS) will fly atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V. Photo Credit: Cole Ippoliti

After a spectacular 12 months, which saw both its Cygnus cargo ship and its home-grown Antares booster […]

All-Round View of the Red Planet: 20 Years Since the Launch of Mars Global Surveyor

Artistic rendering of Mars, made from images taken with NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. Image Credit: Kees Veenenbos/MOLA Science Team/NASA

“And we have liftoff of Mars Global Surveyor, as America begins its journey back to the Red Planet,” came the announcement as a Delta II rocket thundered away from Launch Complex (LC)-17A at Cape […]

OSIRIS-REx Launches on Multi-Year Mission to Asteroid Bennu

Precisely on the opening of tonight’s 115-minute “launch window,” the Atlas V 411 took flight. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

Just a half-hour before the Sun set over the Space Coast on Thursday, 8 September, United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully delivered NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft on its […]