'Godspeed Delta II', Historic Workhorse Rocket Delivers ICESat-2 to Orbit On 155th And Final Mission

The final United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket launch with the NASA Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) onboard, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The ICESat-2 mission will measure the changing height of Earth’s ice. Photo Credit: John Kraus / AmericaSpace

Saturday proved bittersweet for United Launch […]

Workhorse Delta II Stands Ready at Vandenberg for Final Launch on Saturday

The Delta II has a long and chequered history, extending back almost three decades. Its final launch is slated for this weekend from Vandenberg AFB with NASA’s ICESAT 2. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

If all goes well in the small hours of Saturday, 15 September, the workhorse Delta II—a rocket already used […]

Iridium NEXT Nears Completion With Third 'Block 5' Falcon 9 Launch

The seventh batch of Iridium NEXT satellites take flight in cloudy conditions at Vandenberg at 4:39 a.m. PDT Wednesday, 25 July. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Beginning a continuous run of touchdowns on either oceanic vessels or ground-based landing pads, against many odds, SpaceX has successfully alighted a second Upgraded Falcon 9 core on the deck […]

SpaceX to Launch Second Mission in 3 Days with 'Iridium-7' from Vandenberg July 25

Launch of Iridium-4 from Vandenberg AFB, California. Photo: SpaceX

Fresh off launching Telstar 19 VANTAGE from Florida, SpaceX is set to launch another mission this week, their second in 3 days and 14th of the year, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California with the seventh batch of Iridium NEXT satellites. Liftoff of […]

SpaceX Turns Focus to Vandenberg for Twilight Launch with Iridium-7 NET July 20

Launch of Iridium-4 from Vandenberg AFB, California. Photo: SpaceX

Up next on the U.S. space launch manifest is another SpaceX mission, and another twilight one at that, scheduled to fly atop a ‘Block 5’ Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California as soon as July 20 with the seventh batch […]

SpaceX Iridium-6 and GRACE-FO Launch a 'Complete Success' Says Iridium CEO

The NASA/German Research Centre for Geosciences GRACE Follow-On spacecraft launch onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It shared it’s ride to orbit with five Iridium NEXT communications satellites as part of a commercial rideshare agreement. Photo Credit: NASA

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SpaceX to Launch 7 Satellites into Different Orbits Tuesday, Attempt Fairing Recovery

SpaceX is scheduled to launch the next five Iridium NEXT global mobile communications satellites to orbit, along with the NASA / German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX is the final stages of preparing for a launch attempt on Tuesday, May 22, to deliver the next five Iridium NEXT […]

NASA's InSight Mission to Mars Launches Through Ridiculous Fog So Nobody Saw It

Foggy liftoff this morning for the first planetary mission from the West Coast U.S., this is all anyone saw of anything as NASA’s InSight spacecraft took off for the next mission to land on Mars next November. Photo: NASA

NASA’s next highly-anticipated mission to land on Mars took off early this morning, May 5, […]

InSight GO For May 5 Launch to Mars from California, But Fog May Prevent Anyone Seeing It

NASA’s InSight mission to Mars is now scheduled to launch on May 5, 2018. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This weekend NASA will launch its next mission to Mars, but this one will be a little different than the previous ones. Unlike the rovers Curiosity and Opportunity, both still actively examining rocks and sand on the […]

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 […]