Polar-Orbiting Environment Watcher Launches Atop Second-to-Last Delta II

After two foiled launch attempts on Tuesday and Wednesday, the second-to-last Delta II took flight at 1:47:36 a.m. PST on Saturday, 18 November. Photo Credit: ULA/Walter Scriptunas III

Today’s crackling growl of a Delta II taking flight is expected to be repeated only once more, before this impeccably reliable launch vehicle retires from operational […]

Second-to-Last Delta II Launch with JPSS-1 Satellite Rescheduled for Saturday

The soon to be extinct Delta-II rocket awaiting launch with the JPSS-1 satellite for NASA and NOAA. Credit: ULA

UPDATED Nov 17: Statement from ULA, “confirmed on the Western Range for Saturday, Nov. 18. The launch time is 1:47 a.m. PT.”

UPDATED Nov 15: Statement from ULA, “scrubbed due to […]

SpaceX Launches Third Batch of Iridium NEXT Satellites from Vandenberg, Returns First Stage to Drone Ship

Following today’s launch, 40 percent of the Iridium NEXT constellation are now safely in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO). Photo Credit: Iridium/SpaceX/Twitter

After a year of records and “personal bests”, SpaceX aims to launch a pair of Upgraded Falcon 9 boosters within two days of each other this week, delivering a ten-strong batch of Iridium NEXT […]

SpaceX Launches Lightweight Formosat-5 to Orbit, Returns for Third West Coast ASDS Landing

The Upgraded Falcon 9 rises into the gloom at 11:51 a.m. PDT on Thursday, 24 August. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher/AmericaSpace

SpaceX successfully delivered one of its smallest primary payloads into orbit, early Thursday, 24 August, when a mammoth Upgraded Falcon 9 booster lifted off from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-4E at Vandenberg Air Force […]

Taiwan's First Home-Grown Remote-Sensing Satellite Stands Ready for Thursday Falcon 9 Launch

The Upgraded Falcon 9’s nine Merlin 1D+ engines burn furiously for 3.5 seconds on Saturday, 19 August, ahead of the Formosat 5 mission. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Twitter

Taiwan’s first fully home-grown satellite, Formosat-5, will hitch a ride to orbit on Thursday, 24 August, as SpaceX ratchets its flight rate back up after a summer of […]

SpaceX Targeting Sep 30 and Nov for Third and Fourth Iridium NEXT Launches

File photo of the Falcon 9 for the first Iridium NEXT mission in January 2017, being prepared to launch the first wave of Iridium NEXT satellites. The second wave launched in June, and the third and fourth wave have just been scheduled to launch September 30 and November 2017 from Vandenberg AFB, CA. Photo […]

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 […]