Demo-2 Success Lays Groundwork for Future Commercial Crew Missions

Yesterday’s return of @Astro_Doug and @AstroBehnken finally brought human spaceflight capability back to U.S. shores for the first time since the end of the Space Shuttle era. […]

NASA, Boeing Give Update on Starliner OFT Investigation, Path Forward

NASA’s newly-appointed associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate, Kathy Lueders, and Commercial Crew Program Manager Steve Stich have discussed the outcome of the High Visibility Close Call review of last December’s uncrewed test flight of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner.

Lofted atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V […]

Demo-2 Flies, Ends 9-Year U.S. Crew Launch Hiatus

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching America’s first crew back to space from US soil on the Crew Dragon May 30, 2020 from Kennedy Space Center pad 39A on the Demo-2 flight test to and from the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

The wait is over. […]

T-1 Day: NASA, SpaceX Ready to Bring Human Spaceflight Back to America (Part 2)

Bob Behnken (left) previously served as chief of NASA’s astronaut corps, whilst Doug Hurley piloted the final Space Shuttle mission, STS-135. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

The International Space Station (ISS) is primed to receive its sixth visiting vehicle of 2020 in the coming days, although of a kind unseen in almost a […]

NASA, SpaceX Ready to Return Human Spaceflight to American Soil (Part 1)

Doug Hurley (foreground) will serve as mission commander for the Demo-2 flight, with Bob Behnken (background) as joint operations commander. Photo Credit: SpaceX

For the first time in nearly nine years, a Prime Crew is in the final days of waiting at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, ahead of their scheduled liftoff […]

Meet the Crew: Hurley, Behnken Primed for Historic U.S. Return to Space

Doug Hurley (left), mission commander of Demo-2, piloted the final Space Shuttle flight, whilst Bob Behnken, joint operations commander, is a veteran spacewalker and former chief of NASA’s astronaut corps. Photo Credit: NASA

Alan Shepard, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, Walt Cunningham, Bob Crippen and John Young; just a handful of many […]

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, SpaceX Preview First Crewed Dragon Mission, Set for May 27 Launch

The first crewed SpaceX launch for NASA is set to launch on the Demo-2 mission on May 27 from Kennedy Space Center in FL. Photos: NASA / SpaceX

The man who piloted the final Space Shuttle mission and a former chief of NASA’s astronaut corps are ready to buckle aboard a Crew Dragon later […]

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 […]