A Look Ahead at America in Space in 2019

2019 will mark the highly anticipated return of human spaceflight to U.S. shores, as NASA’s astronauts take flight atop the first commercial vehicles to and from the International Space Station. Pictured here are the first astronauts who will fly the first Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft later this year, posing with their spacecraft as it […]

ULA Selects Blue Origin's BE-4 Engine to Launch New Vulcan Rocket

Vulcan Centaur, United Launch Alliance’s next-generation American rocket, lifts off in this artist’s rendering. Image Credit: ULA

ULA’s answer to the competitive launch services market, the Vulcan Centaur rocket, is well on its way to becoming a reality, as the company provided an update this afternoon on the status of the new booster’s development. […]

Blue Origin Launches, Lands New 'Crew Capsule 2.0' in Latest Flight Test

New Shepard crew capsule 2.0 launching on flight test mission 7 on Dec 12, 2017. Photo: Blue Origin

Billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos and his Kent, Wash.-based company Blue Origin conducted a successful flight test of a new ‘2.0’ version of their New Shepard crew capsule on Tuesday, Dec 12, at the company’s west Texas […]

Take a Sneak Peek Inside Blue Origin's Crew Capsule

A sneak peek inside Blue Origin’s crew capsule design. Image Credit: Blue Origin

Billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos and his Kent, Wash.-based company Blue Origin have been making progress at a steady rate the last few years, developing and testing a fully reusable, suborbital New Shepherd flight system and making plans to resurrect dormant Cape […]

Blue Origin Outlines Results of Crew Capsule Parachute-Fail Landing Test

Blue Origin’s Crew Capsule during post landing recovery operations last month after completing a test to prove the Crew Capsule could safely land with only two of its three parachutes open. Photo Credit: Blue Origin

On June 19, Blue Origin launched their reusable New Shepherd rocket and crew capsule into suborbital space over western […]

Air Force Funds Both AR1 and BE-4 Rocket Engine Development to Replace ULA's Russian RD-180

BE-4 methane engine components undergo hot-fire test at the Bezos West Texas test site. Photo Credit: Blue Origin

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) decision to continue funding both the Aerojet Rocketdyne AR1 and the Blue Origin BE-4 engines will end United Launch Alliance (ULA) dependance on the Russian RD-180 for the Atlas-V rocket and […]

2015 in Review: A Year of Success, Disappointment and Recovery

The One Year Crew, from left: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Roscosmos cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. Photo Credit: NASA

As the world bids farewell to 2015, we can reflect upon a dozen months which have seen success and failure in equal measure for America’s space program. High above our heads, unprecedented activity has been undertaken […]

Bezos' Rocket Landing a Big Step for Suborbital Spaceflight but Not Same as Falcon-9 Plans

Blue Origin flies and lands the world’s first fully reusable rocket from its launch site in West Texas. Credit: Blue Origin

Blue Origin made history Monday evening when the private aerospace company successfully launched and recovered their New Shepard launch vehicle from their launch site in West Texas. The vehicle reached an altitude of […]

Blue Origin to Resurrect LC-36, Will Build and Fly Rockets and Spacecraft From Cape Canaveral

Blue Origin is coming to Florida’s “Space Coast,” where the company intends to test, build, and launch their rockets and spacecraft from beginning this decade. Photo Credit: Blue Origin

SpaceX will no longer be the only billionaire entrepreneur-owned commercial company contracted with NASA to fly from Cape Canaveral and call it home anymore, as […]

ULA and Blue Origin Production Agreement Expands Development of BE-4 Engine

Blue Origin’s dedicated BE-4 engine test facility in West Texas. Credit: Blue Origin

A production agreement between United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Blue Origin, LLC, was announced Thursday, Sept. 10, to enable the expansion of production capabilities for the BE-4 engine. The American-made engine produced by Blue Origin will power ULA’s next generation launch […]