NASA, Boeing Aim for Dec Launch of Second Starliner Orbital Flight Test

NASA and Boeing continue to make progress toward the company’s second un-crewed flight test of the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, prior to flying astronauts to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

NASA and Boeing are targeting December 2020 to re-fly an un-crewed Orbital Flight Test […]

Demo-2 Docks at Space Station, Expedition 63 Expands to Five Crew

Dragon Endeavour comes in for docking at 10:16 a.m. EDT Sunday. Photo Credit: NASA

Riding aboard a spacecraft they christened “Endeavour”—in honor of the now-retired shuttle which kicked off both of their astronauting careers more than a decade ago—NASA veterans Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken completed another milestone earlier today (Sunday, 31 May), with […]

Weather Forces SpaceX to Push In-Flight Abort to NET Sunday

Crew Dragon atop Falcon 9 for the In-Flight Abort Test. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

UPDATE – NASA and SpaceX now are targeting 8 a.m. EST Sunday, Jan. 19, for launch. The abort test has a six-hour launch window. Teams are standing down from today’s launch attempt due to poor splashdown and recovery weather.

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Weather 80% GO, Watch Mighty Atlas Launch Starliner Orbital Flight Test at 6:36am EST

Boeing’s STARLINER ready for launch atop a ULA Atlas V rocket on an un-crewed Orbital Flight Test for NASA to and from the International Space Station. Liftoff is targeting 6:36am EST Friday. Photo: Troy McClellan

After a decade in development, Boeing stands ready for the highly-anticipated un-crewed Orbital Flight Test (OFT) of its CST-100 […]

Boeing Discloses Cause Of Starliner Parachute Anomaly

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner’s four launch abort engines and several orbital maneuvering and attitude control thrusters ignite in the company’s Pad Abort Test, Nov. 4, 2019. Photo: NASA

NASA’s head of Commercial Crew Kathy Lueders and Boeing’s John Mulholland, V.P. and Program Manager, Commercial Crew Programs, Space Exploration, held a press conference on Nov. 7 […]

To Save A Space Station: The Unrealized Rescue of Skylab, 40 Years On

The engines of the Teleoperator Retrieval System (TRS), seen docked to Skylab, perform a lengthy “burn” to either deliver the old space station into a higher, more stable orbit or to prepare it for a controlled, destructive re-entry. Image Credit: NASA

Visiting space stations is, and always has been, a complex and challenging endeavor; […]

Spacewalkers Install IDA-3 for SpaceX & Boeing; ISS Ready for Commercial Crews

Spacewalkers Nick Hague (top) and Andrew Morgan install the International Docking Adapter (IDA-3) to the Pressurized Mating Adapter on top of the station’s Harmony module. Credits: NASA

Veteran spacewalker Nick Hague and recently-arrived Expedition 60 crewmate Drew Morgan ventured outside the International Space Station (ISS) earlier today (Wednesday) to cap off preparations for the […]

Astronauts Welcome Crew Dragon on Maiden Arrival to Space Station

The SpaceX Crew Dragon on ‘Demo-1’ docking to the station’s international docking adapter, which is attached to the forward end of the Harmony module. Credit: NASA TV

Early this morning, after making 18 orbits of the Earth and 27 hours after launch, the first SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule arrived and docked to the International […]

SpaceX's Long-Awaited Falcon 9 'Block 5' Heads to Texas for Testing

The first Block 5 variant of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, their final variant of the booster, was seen traveling on I-8 in Yuma, AZ this weekend en route to the company’s testing grounds in McGregor, TX. Photo Courtesy: Alison Morgan via u/tvgenius on Reddit (used with permission)

SpaceX’s long awaited first “Block 5” […]

Whitson Sets Records for Women, Enters Top Five List of Most Seasoned Spacewalkers on Historic EVA-41

Shane Kimbrough (left) and the world’s most experienced female spacewalker Peggy Whitson (right), at work during EVA-41. Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter/Thomas Pesquet

From the moment she transferred her critical life-support utilities from International Space Station (ISS) power to the internal batteries aboard her space suit, it was clear that Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Peggy […]