Reused Falcon Launches Iridium-6 and GRACE-FO Satellites from Vandenberg

Laden with seven satellites, the Upgraded Falcon 9 launches from Vandenberg on-time at 12:47 p.m. PDT Tuesday, 22 May. Photo Credit: NASA

Five Iridium NEXT global mobile communications satellites and a pair of formation-flying, gravity-measuring spacecraft rose to orbit earlier today (Monday, 22 May) aboard an Upgraded Falcon 9 booster. Liftoff of the 230-foot-tall […]

Antares Launches Ninth Cygnus Cargo Delivery Mission to Space Station

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A, Monday, May 21, 2018 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Orbital ATK’s ninth contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will deliver approximately 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the […]

Cygnus Raised for Pre-Dawn OA-9 Launch to Space Station Monday from Virginia

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is raised at launch Pad-0A, Friday, May 18, 2018 at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Antares will launch with the Cygnus spacecraft filled with 7,400 pounds of cargo for the International Space Station (ISS), including science experiments, crew supplies, and vehicle hardware. The […]

SpaceX Launches New Falcon 9 'Block 5' with Bangabandhu-1, Nails 25th Landing

Launch of Bangabandhu 1 atop the first SpaceX ‘Block 5’ Falcon 9 rocket from KSC pad 39A on May 11, 2018. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

For the first time, Bangladesh has joined the community of nations to have its own communications satellite in geostationary orbit, some 22,300 miles (35,900 km) above the […]

CRS-14 Dragon Kicks Off Multiple-Mission Month of Launches for SpaceX

A reused Upgraded Falcon 9 first stage and a reused Dragon take flight at 4:30 p.m. EDT Monday, 2 April 2018. Photo Credit: John Kraus/AmericaSpace

Kicking off a planned month-long run of missions from the East and West Coasts, which could see as many as five Upgraded Falcon 9 boosters spear for the heavens […]

One Year, Ten Reflown Boosters: Iridium NEXT-5 Hitches Ride to Orbit on Used Falcon 9

Atop the noticeably charred first stage of its Upgraded Falcon 9, Iridium NEXT-5 takes flight on Friday, 30 March. This was SpaceX’s tenth flight out of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., since September 2013. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Twitter

Today (Friday 30 March), SpaceX marks one year since it became the first launch provider to deliver […]

'To Fly the First One': 40 Years Since the First Space Shuttle Crews

In March 1978, a “pool” of crew members were announced for the first four Orbital Flight Tests (OFTs) of the shuttle. At their initial press conference (from left) are Gordon Fullerton, Vance Brand, Jack Lousma, Fred Haise, Richard Truly, Joe Engle, Robert Crippen and John Young. Photo Credit: NASA

In the coming months, the […]

SpaceX Launches 50th Falcon 9 Overnight, Delivers Heavyweight Hispasat 30W-6 to Orbit

Falcon 9 launching March 6 with the heavyweight Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite, the 50th flight of the Falcon 9. Photo: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

For the sixth time in as many months, SpaceX sent one of its “Block 4” Upgraded Falcon 9 boosters out for a spin in the opening minutes of Tuesday morning […]

Paz Radar-Imaging Satellite Heads to Polar Orbit, Mr. Steven Attempts Fairing Recovery

The Upgraded Falcon 9 spears away from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Four launches within the first eight weeks of the year is an impressive accomplishment, as SpaceX successfully lofted Spain’s Paz civil/military radar-imaging satellite into low-Earth orbit, earlier today (Thursday, 22 February), from Space Launch […]

Means and the Muscle: Where Does Falcon Heavy Stand Alongside the Heavylifters?

Last week’s launch of the maiden Falcon Heavy has opened a niche in the market for super-heavylift launch vehicles. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

“If you can hear me over the cheering,” intoned SpaceX’s John Insprucker in the seconds after 3:45 p.m. EST Tuesday, 6 February, “Falcon Heavy, heading to space on her test-flight. Building […]