Atlas V Launches AEHF-6 Military SATCOM from Cape Canaveral

The first mission under the newly formed U.S. Space Force took flight today from Cape Canaveral, FL, as a ULA Atlas V rocket launched the AEHF-6 SATCOM. Photo: ULA

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully delivered its first major payload on behalf of the newly-formed U.S. Space Force, following Thursday afternoon’s spectacular 4:18 p.m. […]

Watch SpaceX Launch Starlink-5 from Florida

Sunday’s launch will mark the fifth flight of this particular booster. Photo: SpaceX

UPDATE – Launch was aborted just before liftoff. No word yet on a new date for the next launch attempt.

For the first time on Sunday, a five-times-used Falcon 9 booster will spear aloft from historic Pad 39A at the […]

Weather 90% GO for Solar Orbiter Launch to the Sun Tonight from Florida, Watch Live

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket stands poised to launch the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter from Cape Canaveral, on a mission in collaboration with NASA to explore the sun and its poles up-close. Photo: ULA

More than two decades since it was first conceived as a logical “next step” from the hugely […]

Shrinking Triton: Remembering Voyager 2's Encounter With Neptune, 30 Years On (Part 4)

Neptune, as seen by Voyager 2 in 1989. No other missions have yet returned to this enigmatic world. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

READ Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of AmericaSpace’s Neptune 30th anniversary commemorative feature.

Thirty years ago today, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft swept silently over the royal-blue clouds of Neptune at […]

Dream Chaser on Track for 2021 Debut atop ULA's Second Vulcan Launch

Today Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) held a press conference announcing their selection of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan rocket to launch their reusable Cargo Dream Chaser ‘spaceplane’ on its upcoming uncrewed resupply missions to and from the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA.

Leadership from both companies also shed some light on […]

SpaceX Launches 10th Mission of 2019 with AMOS-17

AMOS-17 headed to orbit atop a 3x used Falcon 9 rocket from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL on 6 August 2019. Photo: SpaceX

Shortly before sunset Tuesday, 6 August, a fond farewell was paid to one of few rockets in history to have flown as many as three times. SpaceX’s B1047 first-stage […]

Dream Chaser Clears Another NASA Review for Inaugural 2021 Launch

America’s next ‘spaceplane’ recently cleared another key NASA review towards flight, checking off the next milestone on Sierra Nevada Corp’s (SNC) journey to launching their first Dream Chaser atop a ULA Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida in 2021.

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First Crew Dragon Demo On Track for Late-Night Launch March 2

Image Credit: NASA

It has been nearly a month since SpaceX conducted a Static Test Fire of the Falcon 9 rocket which will launch the first Crew Dragon, and today NASA provided some more details about the upcoming launch, Demo-1, which will send the spacecraft on an uncrewed orbital shakedown & validation flight test […]

Long-Delayed Delta IV Heavy Lofts Heavyweight NROL-71 Spy Satellite

ULA’s first flight of 2019 sets off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 11:10 a.m. PST Saturday, 19 January. Photo Credit: Brian Sandoval/AmericaSpace

Although relegated last February to second place on the list of the world’s most powerful operational rockets—sitting behind SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy—the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy roared […]

'Dying All Tensed-Up': 30 Years Since the Troubled Secret Mission of STS-27

Atlantis roars to orbit on the morning of 2 December 1988, 30 years ago today. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty years ago, at 9:30 a.m. EST on 2 December 1988, Atlantis rocketed into crystal-blue Florida skies to begin the second shuttle mission in the wake of the Challenger tragedy. Two months earlier, her sister […]