Looking Back-Looking Forward: 50 Years with NASA

The past year saw NASA move away from the space shuttle program, continue its exploration efforts, and pursue paths that would return crews to deep space exploration missions. Images Courtesy of NASA and Wired4Space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – For the past 50 years, NASA has been responsible for achievements in space—and on Earth. […]

Dec. 11 Launch for X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle?

Graphics courtesy of Max-Q Entertainment

United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced that it has cleared the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle for launch atop one of the company’s Atlas V 501 rockets on Dec. 11, 2012. This follows a thorough review of a technical issue that appeared during the launch of a Delta IV Medium […]

Atlas V Stands Ready to Loft Classified OTV-3 Mini-Shuttle

The X-37B’s deployable solar array enables it to ‘loiter’ in low-Earth orbit for far longer than the Shuttle could ever achieve. With two missions behind it—the first of which lasted 224 days, the second 469—it remains to be seen how long OTV-3 will remain aloft. Image Credit: Boeing Phantom Works

After several delays, […]

On @ The 90: The Future

On @ The 90 is AmericaSpace’s editorial feature and is therefore based on opinion. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian

Predictions are dangerous things. Dick Morris, a political commentator, found this out the hard way recently. He predicted that Mitt Romney would win the U.S. presidential election in a landslide. Yeah, so much for that. […]

Delta IV Delivers GPS Satellite into Orbit

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium rocket launched right on time at 8:10 a.m. EDT with its GPSIIF3 payload. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / Zero-G News

A few weeks shy of the tenth anniversary of its maiden voyage, United Launch Alliance’s venerable Delta IV booster has triumphantly launched a new Global Positioning […]

SLS Garners New Proposals and Potential Destination

NASA has selected 26 proposals for its next heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System or SLS. The space agency has also apparently mentioned a new destination to which this powerful rocket would send crew and cargo to. Image Credit: NASA

Twenty-six proposals have been selected under the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) by NASA […]

Clues To Life On Mars Beckon America’s Curiosity Rover

AmericaSpace and The Mars Society are starting their coverage of the arrival of the Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” with this article detailing the rover’s suite of scientific instruments. Image Credit: Max-Q Entertainment

Like a scientific commando lowered from a rocket powered hovercraft into a dangerous landing zone 154 million mi. from Earth, […]

Team Effort Crucial to Success of Delta IV Heavy

While United Launch Alliance builds the core segments of Delta IV Heavy rocket, other companies add vital elements that make the launch vehicle's amazing capabilities a reality. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Cape Canaveral Fla. – United Launch Alliance (ULA) let its “biggest dog” off the leash on a classified mission last […]

Mysterious NROL-15 Launched On Secret Delta IV Heavy

The 235 ft. tall 840 ton Delta IV Heavy carrying the top secret 21 ton National Reconnaissance Office NROL-15 spacecraft roars off Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral on nearly 2.4 million lbs. thrust from its three uprated oxygen/hydrogen RS-68A engines. The U. S. Air Force and NRO especially upgraded these three […]

The Delta IV Heavy’s James Bond Mission

Delta IV Heavy with its lower half singed black from the fireball created at ignition climbs from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral. Photo Credit: USAF

At Cape Canaveral, Fla. a unique, souped up version of the world’s most powerful rocket, the Delta IV Heavy is poised for launch at dawn Friday on […]