Falcon Heavy Goes Operational; Delivers Arabsat 6A, Successfully Lands All Three Boosters

Liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy on its first commercial mission to deliver Arabsat-6A to orbit on April 11, 2019. Photo: Mike Killian /AmericaSpace.com

Just an hour before Florida sunset, SpaceX’s gigantic Falcon Heavy—lauded by the Hawthorne, Calif.-headquartered launch services provider as the world’s most powerful active rocket, by a factor of two—successfully roared […]

'To Finish the Paint Job': Remembering Pad 39B, 50 Years After First Rollout

Apollo 10 rolls out in March 1969, becoming Pad 39B’s first occupant. Following the Apollo 10 launch in May 1969, four more Apollo missions would fly from Pad 39B, together with 53 Space Shuttle flights and most recently the Ares I-X test in October 2009. Photo Credit: NASA

For five decades, Pad 39B at […]

'Without Breaking the Shell': 50 Years Since the Saturn V's Maiden Launch

At the stroke of 7 a.m. EST on 9 November 1967, the first Saturn V took flight. Photo Credit: NASA

“T-minus-25…,” came the calm, measured tones of the launch announcer in the pre-dawn darkness of Thursday, 9 November 1967. “Stages reporting Ready for Launch…”

Fifty years ago, the largest and most powerful rocket […]

SpaceX Heads for the Hundred, With Rousing Inmarsat 5-F4 Launch from Pad 39A

Pad 39A plays host to its 99th launch in almost 50 years, with the rousing pre-sunset ascent of SpaceX’s Upgraded Falcon 9 at 7:21 p.m. EDT Monday, 15 May. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Six months shy of five decades since its first launch, historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center […]

Buzz Aldrin Flies with the Thunderbirds over Kennedy Space Center

“Good to get back in the cockpit”, said Buzz Aldrin as he strapped into a Thunderbird F-16 for a flight over NASA’s Kennedy Space Center & nearby Cape Canaveral AFS. Photo Credit: Buzz Aldrin via Facebook

Florida’s Space Coast has been roaring to the sound of rockets and jets this past week; SpaceX […]

NASA Announces Payloads for First SLS Mission

An SLS in its Block 1 configuration goes up, up, and away in this artist’s rendering. Image Credit: NASA/MSFC

It may still be almost three years into the future, but the maiden voyage of NASA’s gigantic Space Launch System (SLS) booster—destined to carry humans beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time in five […]

'To Touch the Face of God': 30 Years Since the Loss of Challenger (Part 2)

Challenger’s final crew, as they should be remembered: Positive and brilliant individuals, happily striving to explore space and further humanity’s reach into the Universe. In the back row (left to right) Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis and Judy Resnik. In the front row (left to right) Mike Smith, Dick Scobee, and Ron […]

'Obviously A Major Malfunction': 30 Years Since the Loss of Challenger (Part 1)

The infamous image, flashed around the world on 28 January 1986, immediately after Challenger’s tragic destruction. The disaster stalled the shuttle program for almost three years. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty years ago, on 28 January 1986, one of the worst and most public disasters in U.S. space history unfolded with horrifying suddenness in […]

SpaceX Ready for Ambitious Year of Construction at Texas Launch Site, USAF Certifies Upgraded Falcon-9

Artist’s rendering of SpaceX’s commercial launch complex in south Texas. Image Credit: SpaceX

Sixteen months after ground was initially broken at Boca Chica—located about 20 miles (32 km) east of Brownsville, Texas, just northwest of the mouth of the Rio Grande—SpaceX is ready for an ambitious year of construction work at the place […]

Pad 39A's Next Launch Nears, As Key SpaceX Hardware Erected at Historic Site

SpaceX’s Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF), whose construction was completed in 2015, stands astride the “crawlerway,” beyond the Pad 39A perimeter. Photo Credit: SpaceX Facebook Group (unofficial), used with permission

Not since 8 July 2011 and the final launch of the Space Shuttle Program—during which Atlantis delivered the STS-135 crew of Commander Chris Ferguson, […]