Rocket Launch Scheduled June 5 From Wallops

Launch visibility map for the CIBER launch. Image Credit: NASA

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va — A Black Brant XII suborbital rocket carrying the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment (CIBER) is scheduled for launch between 11 and 11:59 p.m. EDT, June 5, from NASA’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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Onward to Sub-Orbit: Next RockOn Workshop Set for June

The Terrier-Orion—used to support the RockOn student program at Wallops—is an amalgam of a U.S. Navy surface-to-air missile and a NASA Orion sounding rocket. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA has invited university faculty staff and students interested in learning how to build scientific experiments for space missions to its RockOn 2013 annual workshop at […]

NASA Selects Experimental Commercial Suborbital Flight Payloads

Image Credit: NASA’s Commercial Space Partners

In yet another effort to strengthen ties with emerging commercial space companies, NASA has tapped 13 technology payloads to fly on commercial vehicles as part of its Flight Opportunities program. These range from rockets and space planes to balloons. NASA hopes that these flights will allow those […]

Virgin Unveils Air-Launched Booster, Confirms SpaceShipTwo Customers

Artist’s concept of LauncherOne, ferried to altitude beneath the twin-fuselage WhiteKnightTwo aircraft. Image Credit: Virgin Galactic/Scaled Composites

Four years from now, a powerful new rocket will be lifted to altitude by Scaled Composites’ WhiteKnightTwo aircraft, carrying with it the promise of bringing down the cost of delivering payload into orbit to a fraction […]

XCOR Aerospace Establishes New Commercial Spaceflight R&D Center Headquarters

XCOR Chief Test Pilot Richard Searfoss shows Texas Governor Rick Perry a full sized Lynx model unveiled during a ceremony held at the Midland International Airport, where XCOR will open a new R&D headquarters. Photo Credit: XCOR Aerospace

On July 9, the Midland Development Corporation (MDC) and XCOR Aerospace jointly announced the establishment […]

“Light This Candle”: The Hours Before Freedom 7

Carrying the hopes and dreams of a nation, Freedom 7 thunders into space. Less than a decade later, the career of the man inside – astronaut Alan Shepard – would culminate with a flight aboard a far more powerful rocket, the Saturn V, and include a landing on the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA

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Payloads Workshop Highlights Commercial Space Efforts

Space Florida and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium hosted a work shop on space flight payloads this week in Cocoa, Florida. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studios

Space Florida and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium sponsored the first Space Flight Payloads Workshop at the Florida Solar Energy Center in […]

Chimps, ‘Pee-Sacks’ and Timid Germans: The Fateful Decisions of Freedom 7

Fifteen minutes after leaving Cape Canaveral, Alan Shepard splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean and is pictured being winched to safety. His mission paled in comparison to Yuri Gagarin's orbital flight, but helped to light the touchpaper for America's drive to land a man on the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA

When Alan Shepard came […]

Virgin Galactic Selects NanoRacks to Conduct Suborbital Research Aboard SpaceShipTwo

SpaceShipTwo resting under the Mothership White Knight Two inside a hangar in Mojave,Ca. USA. Photo Credit: Virgin Galactic/Mark Greenberg

 

SpaceShipTwo resting under the Mothership White Knight Two inside a hangar in Mojave,Ca. USA. Photo Credit: Virgin Galactic/Mark Greenberg

MOJAVE, Calif. – (Feb. 27, 2012) Virgin Galactic LLC, the world’s first commercial spaceline, announced today that it has selectedNanoRacks LLC to construct a rack system to allow research payloads to fly to […]

NASA Glenn To Host Tweetup Celebrating 50th Anniversary Of First American To Orbit Earth

Launch of Friendship 7, the first American manned orbital space flight. Astronaut John Glenn aboard, the Mercury-Atlas rocket is launched from Pad 14. Photo Credit: NASA

Launch of Friendship 7, the first American manned orbital space flight. Astronaut John Glenn aboard, the Mercury-Atlas rocket is launched from Pad 14. Photo Credit: NASA

CLEVELAND — NASA’s Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland will host a special event on March 2 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s first orbital […]