Record-Setting Falcon 9 Launches First 60 Starlink Satellites to Orbit

It was third time lucky for SpaceX’s first Starlink mission on Thursday, 23 May, which rose on-time from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at exactly 10:30 p.m. EDT. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

For the fourth time in 2019, SpaceX launched in the hours of darkness late Thursday, 23 May, to deliver its first 60 Starlink […]

SpaceX Readies First Batch of Starlink Satellites for Wednesday Night Launch

On its sixth launch of 2019, Wednesday’s planned night launch of the first members of Starlink will also be SpaceX’s fourth flight of the year executed in the hours of darkness. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

If you believe Elon Musk, the first baby-steps on the journey to Mars begin late Wednesday evening […]

NASA Prepares for MBSU Replacement on Thursday; SpaceX Eyes Friday for CRS-17 Dragon Launch

Canadarm2 will robotically berth the CRS-17 Dragon at the nadir port of the station’s Harmony node. Photo Credit: Tim Peake/NASA/Twitter

SpaceX stands primed for its fifth launch of the year when the CRS-17 Dragon cargo mission heads to the International Space Station (ISS) in the small hours of Friday morning (3 May). Liftoff of […]

ULA's Penultimate Delta IV Lofts WGS-10 to Orbit for USAF

The U.S. Air Force WGS-10 satellite headed to orbit atop the penultimate single-stick United Launch Alliance Delta-IV rocket on March 15, 2019. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

Dedicated to the memory of a former electrical installations lead for the Delta IV Program—30-year aerospace industry veteran Kurt Huschle—the second-to-last “single-stick” United Launch Alliance […]

Penultimate Single-Stick Delta IV to Launch USAF WGS-10 on Friday

Friday’s mission will be the first flight of the Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) since March 2017, which delivered the most recent Wideband Global Satcom to orbit. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

The Space Coast will be greeted by a rare spectacle on Friday evening (15 March), when United Launch Alliance (ULA) lofts […]

SpaceX Lofts Indonesian Satellite, Sends First Private Spacecraft to Land on the Moon

Falcon 9 roaring to space with SpaceIL’s lunar lander ‘Beresheet’, along with an Indonesian Comsat & USAF microsat. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

After two months of relative calm, a late-night dawn rose above Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., when SpaceX’s second three-times-used Upgraded Falcon 9 […]

Last SpaceX Launch of 2018 Delivers Inaugural GPS III Satellite to Orbit

The U.S. Air Force’s first GPS III satellite heads to orbit atop a space Falcon 9 rocket from cape Canaveral, Florida on Dec 23, 2018. Photo: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace.com

Wrapping up its personal-best-beating 21st launch of the year—a 15% uplift on 2017’s achievement—SpaceX has triumphantly delivered the first member of the Global Positioning […]

Teams Recover, Tow Floating Falcon 9 Rocket into Port Canaveral

A recovery boat tows in SpaceX’s CRS-16 Falcon 9 rocket, which launched a Cargo dragon to the International Space Station for NASA a couple days prior but missed its landing pad, instead ditching offshore. Photo: Jeff Seibert / AmericaSpace

ORIGINAL REPORT Dec 5, 2018: While Dragon CRS-16 heads to a Saturday rendezvous with […]

Pegasus-XL Booster Primed to Launch ICON Ionospheric Research Mission, NET Wednesday

The Pegasus-XL booster sits beneath the fuselage of the L-1011 Stargazer on the Skid Strip, ahead of the ICON mission. Photo Credit: Jeff Seibert/AmericaSpace

Five months later than intended, a Pegasus-XL winged booster—flying, for the first time, under the auspices of Northrop Grumman Corp., following the latter’s recent acquisition of Orbital ATK—will deliver […]

Atlas V 551 Heavylifter Back in Business for Long-Delayed AEHF-4 Launch for Air Force

United Launch Alliance (ULA) launches its 50th mission for the U.S. Air Force and the 250th flight of a Centaur booster in the opening minutes of Wednesday, 17 October. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

The most powerful member of United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Atlas V fleet—the mighty “551” variant, previously used on eight occasions, […]