'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 […]

Long-Awaited Maiden Voyage of Falcon Heavy Brings Deep-Space Exploration Closer

Pounding the ground with 5.4 million pounds (2.4 million kg) of thrust, the Falcon Heavy begins its maiden voyage of exploration. Photo Credit: Mike Killian/AmericaSpace

Riding the plumes of its 27 engines, and carrying the hopes and dreams of a generation, the most powerful rocket in the world took flight earlier today (Tuesday, 6 […]

On 60th Anniversary of Explorer 1, SpaceX Successfully Launches SES-16/GovSat-1 Payload to Orbit

Rising against the clear blue Florida sky, the Upgraded Falcon 9 delivers SES-16/GovSat-1 to orbit. In the foreground is the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Photo Credit: Mike Killian/AmericaSpace

Six hours shy of six full decades since the launch of America’s first man-made “moon”, a U.S.-built rocket has smoothly delivered SES-16/GovSat-1, one of the world’s […]

SpaceX Launches Fourth Iridium NEXT Batch, Completes Half of Satellite Constellation

SpaceX Iridium-4 launch from Vandenberg AFB, Ca this evening atop a Falcon-9 rocket. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX has closed out 2017 with a personal-best-beating 18th launch, more than twice as many as it has ever previously achieved in a single calendar year. Its 230-foot-tall (70-meter) Upgraded Falcon 9 booster rose majestically from Space Launch Complex […]

SpaceX Launches Fourth Dragon of 2017, Nails 20th Landing with CRS-13 Mission

LIFTOFF of Falcon-9 with Dragon on the CRS-13 mission for NASA to the International Space Station. The mission marked the first launch off the newly rebuilt Space Launch Complex 40 since the AMOS-6 explosion over a year ago. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, […]

SLC-40 Ready for Return to Flight, With Fourth ISS-Bound Dragon of 2017

The CRS-6 Dragon spacecraft is robotically detached from the International Space Station (ISS) in May 2015. Friday’s CRS-13 mission will reuse the pressurized module of the CRS-6 Dragon. Photo Credit: Terry Virts/Twitter/NASA

SpaceX stands ready to launch its fourth Dragon cargo mission of 2017 to the International Space Station (ISS) at 10:35 a.m. EST […]

Pad 39A, America's Moonport, Celebrates Over 100 Launches in 50 Years of Service

The launch of Apollo 11 on 16 July 1969 was arguably Pad 39A’s finest hour. Photo Credit: NASA

In a strange twist of irony, Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida was not originally meant to be named “39A” at all. Having supported its first launch, 50 years ago, last week, […]