SpaceX Flies In-Flight Abort Test for NASA, Paves Way to Crewed Flights This Year

SpaceX lofting their Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft on the In-Flight Abort Test for NASA from KSC on Jan 19, 2020. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

SpaceX has successfully pulled off a test mission it hopes it will never again have to execute for real: the catastrophic high-altitude failure of a Falcon […]

Boeing's Starliner 'Calypso' Returns to KSC Following Orbital Flight Test

Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule from the recent Orbital Flight Test, inside the company’s C3PF processing facility at Kennedy Space Center on Jan 15, 2020, fresh back from New Mexico where the spacecraft landed on Dec 22, 2019. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crew capsule which recently flew the Orbital Flight Test […]

NASA, SpaceX Target Jan 18 for Major In-Flight Abort Test of Crew Dragon

Falcon 9 launching to space (left) at about the same point in ascent where the Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test will occur (right is Crew Dragon undergoing testing) Photo (left): John Studwell / AmericaSpace.com (right credit SpaceX)

SpaceX already kicked off America’s new decade of spaceflight recently with a picture-perfect launch of their Starlink-2 […]

Starliner OFT Returns Safely, Hits Numerous Objectives Despite Missing ISS

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner after it landed in White Sands, New Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. The landing completes an abbreviated Orbital Flight Test for the company that still meets several mission objectives for NASA’s Commercial Crew program. Photo Credit: NASA

This morning, Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner returned to Earth and made a picture-perfect landing […]

Starliner Aims for Dec 20 Orbital Flight Test After Good Wet Dress Rehearsal

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner crew capsule atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket atop Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral AFS on Dec 6, undergoing a major practice countdown Wet Dress Rehearsal for a launch attempt on the uncrewed Orbital Flight Test to and from the International Space Station as soon as Dec 20. […]

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 […]

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

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