NASA's TESS Space Telescope Finds Its First Earth-Sized Exoplanet in Habitable Zone and a World With Two Suns

TESS Mission’s First Earth-size World in Star’s Habitable-Zone. Video Credit: NASA Goddard

NASA’s newest exoplanet-hunting space telescope, TESS, has already been making some exciting discoveries, and now two more have just been announced: its first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of its star and its first planet orbiting two stars.

[…]

SpaceX Kicks Off Ambitious 2020 Manifest with Starlink-2 Launch

Falcon 9 soaring from Cape Canaveral with Starlink-2 for SpaceX on Jan 6, 2019. Photo: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace.com

SpaceX has successfully flown the 80th fully-successful mission of Falcon 9 heritage hardware, with the spectacular Monday evening liftoff of the first U.S. launch of the 2020s. The record-tying, four-times-used B1049 core—teamed with a sparkling-new […]

SpaceX Poised to Kick Off 2020 With Monday Night Starlink Launch

Eight months after its third launch, B1049 will return to the business of launching satellites on Monday evening, as it kicks off a busy 2020 manifest for SpaceX. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace.com

Sixty more Starlink satellites and the second Falcon 9 core to be used as many as four times are ready […]

SpaceX Launches JCSAT-18 / Kacific-1 for Asia-Pacific Region

The JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 satellite heads to orbit atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida on Dec 16, 2019. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

Less than two hours after local sunset, as darkness spread over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX successfully delivered a heavyweight payload towards geostationary transfer orbit tonight (Monday, […]

SpaceX Primed for Monday Night Launch With JCSAT-18/Kacific-1

The B1056 core launches its second mission in July 2019 to loft the CRS-18 Dragon to the ISS for NASA. Monday’s launch of JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 will mark the third mission by B1056 in only seven months. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace.com

A twice-used Falcon 9 core stage stands ready on Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 […]

Starliner Aims for Dec 20 Orbital Flight Test After Good Wet Dress Rehearsal

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner crew capsule atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket atop Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral AFS on Dec 6, undergoing a major practice countdown Wet Dress Rehearsal for a launch attempt on the uncrewed Orbital Flight Test to and from the International Space Station as soon as Dec 20. […]

SpaceX Sends 19th Resupply to Space Station, Makes 20th Rocket Landing

SpaceX launching a reused Cargo Dragon on the CRS-19 mission to the ISS for NASA on 5 Dec, 2019. Photo: SpaceX

After a strangely quiet late summer and fall across Florida’s Space Coast—at least as far as launches are concerned—SpaceX ramped up the tempo earlier today (Thursday, 5 December) by staging its second Falcon […]

Calmer Winds Expected for Second SpaceX CRS-19 Launch Attempt Today, Watch Live

Falcon 9 and Cargo Dragon against the sunrise for launch attempt #2 with CRS-19 for NASA. Photo: SpaceX

UPDATE Dec 4: The first launch attempt was scrubbed due to unfavorable upper level winds. New launch attempt set for Dec 5 at 12:29pm EST

[…]

SpaceX Test Fires Crew Dragon's Abort Engines, Paves Way to In-Flight Abort Test

SpaceX conducted a successful full-duration static fire test of Crew Dragon’s launch escape system again on Nov 13, 2019, and will now work with NASA to review the data & proceed towards their next major flight test milestone before putting astronauts onboard; an in-flight abort during a rocket launch itself, to validate Dragon’s launch […]

SpaceX Launches 60 More Starlinks to Orbit

After three launchless months, a Falcon 9 sprang for the skies on the morning of Veterans Day 2019, bearing 60 SpaceX Starlink internet communications satellites. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace.com

SpaceX has successfully launched one of its largest payloads to date, following a spectacular Veterans Day liftoff of the first, four-times-used Falcon 9 core from Space […]