SpaceX Launches Iridium NEXT-2, Lands Offshore and Pulls Off 'Double-Header' Weekend

The Upgraded Falcon 9 thunders downrange in the first minutes of Sunday afternoon’s flight. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Twitter

With Sunday’s spectacular launch-and-landing of an Upgraded Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., almost a quarter of all of SpaceX’s missions have flown in 2017 alone. Nine launches in the first six months of the […]

Vandenberg Atlas-V Lofts NRO-79 Ocean Surveillance Satellites

ULA kicked off a busy month of flights today with launch of the NRO 79 mission with two top secret Intruder ocean surveillance satellites on board an Atlas-V 401 rocket. Photo Credit: Robert Fisher / AmericaSpace

United Launch Alliance (ULA) kicked off a busy month of flights today with the apparent successful launch from […]

Atlas-V NRO-79 Intruder Mission Readied For Wednesday Launch To Track Ships

The mission patch for the NRO 79 satellites has a woman warrior with an owl-eye “modification” and a Medusa shield to carry out “Victory With Intelligence” in Latin on the shield. Credit: NRO

The U.S. Air Force’s 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg AFB Calif., along with United Launch Alliance (ULA) and the National Reconnaissance […]

SpaceX Successfully Launches First of Seven Iridium NEXT Multi-Satellite Missions

As well as returning SpaceX to flight, today’s mission marked the first successful drone ship landing for Just Read the Instructions. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Twitter

SpaceX has returned to flight operations, with the successful delivery of ten Iridium NEXT global mobile telecommunications satellites to low-Earth orbit. Launch of the Upgraded Falcon 9 took place during […]

SpaceX Ready for Return-to-Flight Mission, Launching 10-Strong Iridium NEXT Payload

The Upgraded Falcon 9 vehicle for the first Iridium NEXT mission is prepared for launch. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Matt Desch/Twitter

Four months after an Upgraded Falcon 9 booster catastrophically exploded on Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.—destroying both the vehicle and its payload, the Amos-6 communications satellite—SpaceX is ready for […]

SpaceX Closes AMOS-6 Investigation, Aims to Launch 10 Satellites Next Sunday

The first ten IridiumNEXT satellites are stacked and encapsulated in the Falcon 9 fairing for a Jan. 8 launch attempt from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Photo Credit: Iridium

SpaceX is aiming to return their workhorse Falcon-9 rocket to flight next Sunday with a fleet of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites (launch is still pending FAA approval). […]

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, […]

SpaceX Pushes Return to Flight to January with Iridium NEXT Satellites

File photo of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching 11 satellites for ORBCOMM Dec. 21, 2015. Their next scheduled launch will be the first following the loss of AMOS-6 last September, flying 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., as soon as early January 2017. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

SpaceX is […]

SpaceX Targeting Dec. 16 Return to Flight from Vandenberg with First Iridium NEXT Satellites

File photo of a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket in a processing hangar. The company is now targeting Dec. 16, 2016, for their “Return to Flight” to launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. The mission comes three months after a Falcon-9 rocket exploded while fueling during a launch wet dress rehearsal. Photo Credit: […]

Atlas V Rocks Vandenberg, Delivering WorldView-4 Satellite to Orbit

Artist’s concept of WorldView-4 in orbit. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

After almost two months of delays, caused by raging wildland fires which swept across vast areas of Vandenberg’s North and South Base, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully roared away from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-3E at 10:30 a.m. PST (1:30 p.m. […]