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 […]

OSIRIS-REx Stands Ready for Date With Asteroid Bennu (Part 2)

An artist’s rendering of OSIRIS-REx at asteroid 101955 Bennu. Its solar arrays will be configured in a “Y-wing” shape to avoid dust accumulation. Image Credit: NASA

Tomorrow evening, if all goes well, a spacecraft destined to visit, retrieve, and return samples from a near-pristine “carbonaceous” asteroid will roar aloft atop a unique “flying-sideways” rocket […]

OSIRIS-REx Stands Ready for Date With Asteroid Bennu (Part 1)

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has completed assembly at Lockheed Martin Space Systems near Denver, Colo. Over the next several months engineers will put the spacecraft through a series of intense tests. The $800 million mission to retrieve samples from Astroid Bennu is scheduled to launch in September 2016. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

Just two days […]

Nearly There: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Being Readied for Sept. 8 Launch

An artist’s rendering of OSIRIS-REx at asteroid 101955 Bennu. Image Credit: NASA

The last decade has proven to be watershed years for deep space exploration. While the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft proved a small lander could be set down upon a rocky comet, other missions including NASA’s Curiosity rover, Dawn, and New […]

Delta IV Set for GEO 'We See All' Mission

Air Force graphic depicts two GSSAP spacecraft operating in geosynchronous orbit at 22,300-mile altitude. Image Credit Air Force Space Command.

The U.S. Air Force is poised to double its geosynchronous orbit space situational awareness and satellite-to-satellite imaging with the planned Aug. 19 predawn launch of two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites on […]

SpaceX Launches Fifth GTO-Bound Mission of 2016, Accomplishes Smooth Drone Ship Landing

In the middle of the night, SpaceX delivered the JCSAT-16 payload into Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), on behalf of SKY Perfect JSAT Group. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

For the first time in its 14-year history, SpaceX has successfully launched an eighth mission within a single calendar year. Its Upgraded Falcon 9 booster—first flown last […]

SpaceX Ready for Sunday Morning JCSAT-16 Launch, ASDS Landing

Following hard on the heels of 6 May’s JCSAT-14 launch, SpaceX will deliver its second payload for SKY Perfect JSAT Group to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) on Sunday, 14 August. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

Three weeks after spectacularly bringing its Upgraded Falcon 9 first-stage hardware to a smooth touchdown on Landing Zone […]