Juno Spacecraft to Remain in Same Orbit, But Science Observations of Jupiter Continue

Spectacular view of Jupiter’s south pole from Juno, taken on Feb. 2, 2017 at 6:06 a.m. PT (9:06 a.m. ET), from an altitude of about 62,800 miles (101,000 kilometers) above the cloud tops (enhanced color version). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/John Landino

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has been orbiting the gas giant planet Jupiter since July 4, […]

Atlas V Launch of 70th USAF GPS Commemorates 20th Anniversary of Famed Navigation System

Launch of the GPS 2F-10 from Playalinda Beach near Cape Canaveral. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

The July 15 launch from Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 41 of the Air Force/Boeing GPS 2F-10 navigation spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 marks the 20th anniversary of a fully operational GPS constellation.

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Blue Origin BE-3 Hydrogen Engine Successfully Completes Acceptance Testing

Blue Origin’s BE-3 rocket engine ramps up to full power operations of 110,000 lbf thrust. Photo credit: Blue Origin

The BE-3 rocket engine is the first new hydrogen engine developed in the United States since the RS-68 engine (used on ULA’s Delta-IV) over a decade ago. The company behind the design and development of […]

Aerojet Rocketdyne Celebrates 30-Year Anniversary of First Solar Electric Propulsion Mission

Image Credit: Aerojet Rocketdyne

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced today that it is celebrating the 30-year anniversary of its first Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) mission.

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NASA Tests Limits of 3-D Printing With Powerful Rocket Engine Check

NASA has repeatedly tested out 3-D-printed components. The most recent of these took place on Aug. 22. Photo Credit: NASA

With several smaller, successful tests completed using the technology, NASA conducted another test firing of an engine that had a fuel injector produced by 3-D printing. The process, known as additive manufacturing, has made […]

Q-and-A: Engineer Talks Future of 3D-Printed Rocket Engines

Just last month, Aerojet Rocketdyne tested out a rocket engine fuel injector that was produced by 3D printing. AmericaSpace spoke with Jeff Haynes, a program manager working to develop this technology for space flight purposes. He talked about the first test, what the limitations are for 3D-printed parts, as well as the ramifications for […]

NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne Test 3D Printed Rocket Engine Component

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have successfully conducted a hot-fire test of a component they constructed using additive manufacturing technology, more commonly known as “3D printing.” Photo Credit: NASA / Glenn

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have recently completed a series of “hot-fire” tests on a rocket engine that utilized additive manufacturing, or “3D printing,” parts. […]

SpaceX Test Fires Brand New Engine – New Video Shows SuperDraco Engine In Action

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully test fired SuperDraco, a powerful new engine that will play a critical role in the company’s efforts to change the future of human spaceflight. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully test fired SuperDraco, a powerful new engine that will play a critical role in the company’s efforts to change the future of human spaceflight. Photo Credit: SpaceX

“SuperDraco engines represent the best of cutting edge technology,” said Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and Chief Technology Officer. “These engines will […]