Fincke Joins Starliner Test Flight, Commercial Crew Stands Ready for 2019 Debut

Mike Fincke, pictured during STS-134 in May 2011, has served for several years as head of the Commercial Crew Branch of the Astronaut Office and most recently as assistant to the chief for Commercial Crew. Photo Credit: NASA

Yesterday’s announcement by NASA that astronaut Eric Boe has been removed from the inaugural piloted […]

'A Vote For Our Future': 20 Years Since Zarya Launched the International Space Station (Part 2)

The Russian-built Zarya module (lower) and U.S.-built Unity node (upper), pictured during assembly operations on STS-88 in December 1998. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago, on 20 November 1998, Russia’s Zarya (“Dawn”) module—the first component of the International Space Station (ISS)—was launched from Site 81 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, atop a […]

After Four Month Hiatus, ULA Returns to Flight With Early-Morning TDRS-M Launch

After four months on the ground, United Launch Alliance (ULA) returns to flight on Friday, 18 August, delivering NASA’s latest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) to orbit. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully delivered the latest member of NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) into Geostationary Transfer […]

NASA Space Communications Operations to Extend Through 2030, With Friday Launch of TDRS-M

Originally scheduled to launch on 3 August, NASA’s next Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) will now launch on 18 August, atop an Atlas V 401 booster. Photo: AmericaSpace / Jeff Seibert

More than 30 years since its maiden launch—and having enabled near-continuous communications traffic between dozens of Space Shuttle and International Space […]

PHOTOS: TDRS-M Launch Reset for Aug 20 as ULA Readies Rocket

Launch of NASA’s TDRS-M satellite atop a ULA Atlas-V rocket has been reset for August 20, giving Boeing time to replace a damaged antenna. Photo: AmericaSpace / Jeff Seibert

The launch of NASA’s next Tracking Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-M, is now rescheduled for 7:56 a.m. EDT August 20, at the beginning of a […]

PHOTOS: Delta-IV Launches Multinational WGS-9 Into Twilight Skies

Liftoff of the U.S. Air Force WGS-9 satellite atop a ULA Delta-IV rocket from Cape Canaveral AFS Saturday night at 8:18pm EDT. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace.com

U.S. and allied military broadband satellite communications will be significantly bolstered by the successful launch from Cape Canaveral AFS of the Boeing/U.S. Air Force WGS-9 […]

Russia's Tass Identifies Short-Notice U.S. Astronauts for Additional ISS-Bound Soyuz Seats

Two additional seats have opened up for NASA astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) in September 2017 and March 2018. This will increase the U.S. Orbital Segment (USOS) to four members for the first time. Photo Credit: NASA

Two experienced U.S. astronauts, with a combined total of more than 300 days in […]

Commercial Crew Heads for Regular Missions, Despite First Piloted Flights NET 2018

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program will deliver U.S. astronauts into low-Earth orbit, from U.S. soil, and aboard a U.S. spacecraft, for the first time since the end of the Space Shuttle era. Image Credit: NASA

This week’s announcement by NASA of eight additional crew-rotation missions to the International Space Station (ISS)—four each by Commercial […]

Delta IV Propels WGS-8 Toward Secret GEO Location

Picture-perfect liftoff last night for United Launch Alliance and their Delta-IV rocket with the eighth U.S. Air Force / Boeing Wideband Global Satcom satellite (WGS-8), now en-route to a 22,300-mile geosynchronous orbit. Photo Credit: John Kraus / AmericaSpace

The most powerful Boeing/Air Force military communications spacecraft ever launched—the WGS 8 Wideband Global Satcom—is […]

Delta-IV WGS-8 Rocket Launch Tonight, WATCH LIVE Starting at 6:33pm EST

U.S. Air Force WGS-7 launch atop a ULA Delta-IV. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is poised to fly the eighth U.S. Air Force / Boeing Wideband Global Satcom satellite (WGS-8) to a 22,300-mile geosynchronous orbit tonight atop a Delta-IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Liftoff […]