Surging Chinese Espionage Targets U. S. Space Components

Chinese Fengyun-2 spin stabilized geosynchronous orbit weather satellite is placed in its Long March faring at the Xichang launch site in January 2012. Photo Credit: China Defense

The FBI is pursuing a growing number of Chinese agents trying to obtain and smuggle U. S. space system components into China for use in […]

Third Time the Charm for U.S. Navy's MUOS-1 Satellite on ULA Atlas V

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 thunders off of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex-41 SLC-41 at 5:15 p.m. EST. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The skies above Cape Canaveral Air Force Station were thankfully clear of both high winds and threatening clouds before United Launch Alliance […]

MUOS-1 Ready For Second Round Of Launch Attempts

Photo Credit: Mike Killian

Photo Credit: Mike Killian

Images taken at the launch pad yesterday with the Atlas-V that will launch MUOS-1 into orbit. After being scrubbed by bad weather twice last week the vehicle is ready to try again today at 5:15 p.m. EST. The weather forecast calls for a 80% chance of favorable conditions at […]

AmericaSpace Launch Viewing Guide for Atlas V

An Atlas V rocket launches NASA's MSL rover “Curiosity”- bound for Mars. Photo Credit: Mike Killian

When it comes to actually viewing rockets thunder off to orbit – few places can match Florida’s Space Coast. Miles of beautiful, scenic beaches stretch out as far as the eye can see and on those days […]

U. S. Navy Poised to Launch Giant “Cell Phone Tower” Into Space

The U.S. Navy/Lockheed Martin built MUOS-1 spacecraft which is 22 ft. tall, 12 ft. wide and 6 ft. deep with body mounted traditional satellite dishes in the middle, the insulation wrapped and folded 46 ft. dia. mesh antenna on top with the similarly configured nearly 18 ft. dia. mesh on the bottom. Photo […]

Weather Delays MUOS-1 Launch Until No-Earlier-Than Feb. 22


The launch of an Atlas V 551 rocket with its U.S. Navy payload was scrubbed due to adverse weather. Photo Credit: Jeffrey J. Soulliere

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The gods of weather did not smile on the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System-1 (MUOS-1) satellite on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas […]

Launch of MUOS-1 Scrubbed Due to High Winds


The launch of a ULA Atlas V 551 rocket with its U.S. Navy payload was scrubbed today due to high upper-level winds. Photo Credit: Jeffrey J. Soulliere

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – The inaugural launch of the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System-1 (MUOS-1) satellite – will have to wait another day. High […]

Cabana on Budget: “No Impact on Launch Services”


During a brief question-and-answer session conducted today, Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana stated that, overall, KSC fared very well. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – Kennedy Space Center Director and former space shuttle astronaut Robert Cabana briefly spoke with reporters concerning the impact that the 2013 fiscal year Budget […]

Into the Black – NASA’s Secret Shuttle Missions: A Gold Star for an Admiral

STS-33 was the first nocturnal Shuttle launch and landing of the post-Challenger era; entirely appropriate, perhaps, in light of the shroud of darkness which covered its primary payload. Photo Credit: NASA

The delays in preparing Columbia for her first post-Challenger launch and the need to despatch the Galileo spacecraft to Jupiter during a […]

MUOS Satellite Mated to Atlas V in Preparation for Launch

The MUOS satellite, safely contained in its payload fairing, has been mated with the Atlas V launch vehicle in preparation for launch, currently scheduled to take place on Feb. 16. Photo Credit: United Launch Alliance

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – United Launch Alliance (ULA) is getting ready to launch the Mobile User Objective System-1 […]