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 […]

Reusable Rocket Systems Eyed For ULA’s Next Generation Launchers

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta-IV Heavy will be totally phased out by the BE-4 methane powered Next Generation Launch System (NGLS). Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

Reusable rocket elements will likely be part of the Next Generation Launch System (NGLS) being unveiled by United Launch Alliance (ULA) at the 31st National […]

Blue Origin Successfully Tests Engine

Blue Origin’s successful test of its BE-3 high-performance liquid hydrogen engine thrust chamber at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Photo Credit: Blue Origin

Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company founded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, is making progress towards orbital launches. Earlier this month, the company successfully fired the thrust chamber assembly for its […]

Bolden Highlights Commercial Partners' Efforts

Charles Bolden addresses members of the media during a press event at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studios

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden stopped by NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida in an effort to highlight the efforts of the space […]

ULA Completes Critical Design Review For Human Rating Atlas V

United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket has completed its fifth milestone on the road to powering astronauts to orbit as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Development program. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is one step closer to seeing their Atlas V rocket send astronauts to orbit. ULA is […]

NASA To Hold “Tweet Chat” With C3PO Program Manager

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NASA will be hosting a “tweet chat” tomorrow with the space agency’s Commercial Crew & Cargo Program Office manager Ed Mango. The chat will take place at 2 p.m. EDT. The chat is being held to detail NASA’s efforts to regain the ability to launch U.S. […]

Next Generation Spacecraft No Comparison To Shuttle

None of the various spacecraft currently being developed to return U.S. astronauts to orbit have all the capabilities and capacities that NASA's decommissioned orbiters had. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

The crop of space capsules that are currently being developed to return U.S. astronauts to orbit have all-too-often been dubbed “replacements” for […]

NASA Leadership Talk Up KSC’s Future

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (left) and Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana (right) particiate in a question-and-answer session about the upcoming test flight of an Orion spacecraft, the Space Launch System and commercial space flight efforts. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – As NASA marked 50 years of U.S. astronauts in […]

Pre-Proposal Conference for NASA’s Commercial Program Held

Lee Pagel, NASA's Acquisition Planner, addresses attendees during the CCiCap conference held at the Courtyard Marriott in Cocoa Beach, Florida on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Photo Credit: Julian Leek

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – A conference was held at the Courtyard Marriott in Cocoa Beach, Florida on Tuesday for pre-proposals for the next round of […]

On @ The 90: As “Soyuz Epoch” Becomes “Epic Fail” – NASA Needs Own Spacecraft

Given that the end of the space shuttle program was announced in 2004, it is well past the time when NASA should be flying astronauts on its own spacecraft. The fault, however, is not with NASA – but with the government. Image Credit: Jason Rhian

The “Soyuz Epoch” continues to go badly. Shortly […]