Astronauts Arrive in Florida for Launch Next Week with SpaceX on Demo-2 Mission

From left, Demo-2 crew members Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on May 20, 2020, at the Launch and Landing Facility runway following their arrival to the Florida spaceport. With Demo-2 they will become the first U.S. astronauts to launch aboard a U.S. spacecraft, atop a U.S. rocket, and from U.S. soil, since the end […]

NASA Orders 18 More RS-25 Engines for SLS Moon Rocket, at $1.79 Billion

The first SLS rocket for NASA’s Artemis moon missions rolls out of its assembly facility. Photo: NASA

With four years to go before human bootprints again dot the dusty surface of the Moon, NASA has awarded a contract worth $1.79 billion to Sacramento, Calif.-headquartered Aerojet Rocketdyne to fabricate 18 additional RS-25 engines for the […]

Starliner Joins Rocket for Dec Launch on Uncrewed Orbital Flight Test

Boeing’s first CST-100 ‘Starliner’ crew capsule rolls out of the company’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 21, 2019. Photo: Jeff Seibert / AmericaSpace.com

Early Wednesday (Nov 21), Boeing rolled out their first CST-100 Starliner crew capsule for space, departing a former space shuttle processing […]

SpaceX Test Fires Crew Dragon's Abort Engines, Paves Way to In-Flight Abort Test

SpaceX conducted a successful full-duration static fire test of Crew Dragon’s launch escape system again on Nov 13, 2019, and will now work with NASA to review the data & proceed towards their next major flight test milestone before putting astronauts onboard; an in-flight abort during a rocket launch itself, to validate Dragon’s launch […]

Starliner Clears Pad Abort Test as ULA Rolls Out Rocket for Dec 17 Orbital Flight Test

This morning, Boeing conducted the first major flight test of their new CST-100 Starliner crew capsule, flying off a launch stand at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for a pad abort test to demonstrate and prove it can safely escape an exploding rocket to save its crew.

It was their first flight […]

Boeing Ready for Critical Starliner Crew Capsule Pad Abort Test Monday

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft and its service module sit atop the test stand at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico ahead of the company’s Pad Abort Test. The test is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2019, and will demonstrate the spacecraft’s ability to quickly escape the launch pad in the event of an emergency […]

NASA's Jessica Meir, Crewmates Launch to Space Station on Soyuz MS-15

The Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft is launched with Expedition 61 crewmembers Jessica Meir of NASA and Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos, and spaceflight participant Hazzaa Ali Almansoori of the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo captured by NASA astronaut Christina Koch onboard the ISS.

In a relatively […]

Leaky Valve Blew Up Crew Dragon During Abort System Test, Says SpaceX

A SpaceX Crew Dragon stands ready to launch on the uncrewed Demo-1 orbital flight test to and from the International Space Station for NASA. The vehicle later blew up during test firing of its abort engines, the cause of which was revealed by SpaceX on July 15, 2019. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

In […]

'Not Supposed To Happen': Remembering Apollo 9, 50 Years On (Part 1)

Apollo 9 was tasked with the first manned test-flight of the Command and Service Module (CSM) and Lunar Module (LM) in low-Earth orbit. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

The year 1969 was pivotal in so many ways for humanity. At its dawn, American astronauts had newly returned from circling the Moon, and […]

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 […]