Breaking News: Proposal Seeks End To Atlas V

The following authorization language, which sources say was written, if not wholly then very nearly so, by SpaceX and promoted by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin, has been making the rounds on Capitol Hill for the last several days. In addition to this proposal, SpaceX lobbyists and Senators Feinstein and Durbin have been meeting […]

Astronauts Practice Launching in NASA's New Orion Spacecraft

Astronauts Rick Linnehan and Mike Foreman try out a prototype display and control system inside an Orion spacecraft mockup at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston during the first ascent and abort simulations for the program.Photo Credit: NASA

For the first time, NASA astronauts are practicing a launch into space aboard the […]

Partnerships Make Missions Possible

A team of technicians at Textron Defense Systems apply Avcoat ablative material to the composite honeycomb structure attached to the Orion heat shield carrier structure. The ablative material is designed to protect the spacecraft from extreme temperatures during re-entry.Image Credit: NASA

A relationship that began more than 50 years ago between NASA and […]

On the Heels of Its Grand Challenge, NASA Selects 96 Ideas for Asteroid Initiative

Crewed missions to asteroids and near-Earth objects are slated to take place utilizing the Space Launch System (SLS) and the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. NASA announced that 96 ideas are being considered to make such a mission happen. Image Credit: NASA

NASA announced on Wednesday, Sept. 4 that it has chosen 96 concepts […]

Orion Parachute Failure Test Validates Design's Abilities

NASA tested the Orion spacecraft’s parachute design again today in Yuma, Arizona. Today’s failure test saw one of the parachutes forced to fail on purpose to see if the remaining two could successfully lower the spacecraft safely to the ground. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA conducted a failure test of the Orion spacecraft’s parachute […]

Is the US Spending Enough on Space Exploration?

Given the current status of the U.S.’s space program, is now really the time to restrict the agency’s budget? Photo Credit: James N. Brown

With the United States in a transition phase in space exploration, there has recently been lively debate in Congress regarding NASA’s 2014 budget (though massively overshadowed by Benghazi, the […]

The Space Leadership Act To Be Announced

On Thursday, Representatives John Culberson (TX-07), Frank Wolf (VA-10), Bill Posey (FL-15) and Pete Olson (TX-22) will announce the Space Leadership Act, a bill that seeks to ensure America’s preeminence in space leadership by creating long-term stability in the nation’s space program. The Space Leadership Act is focused on enacting important management reforms to […]

NASA Conference Expenses Scrutinized

One of the larger controversies last spring was the General Services Administration’s (GSA) $822,000 “Hats Off” Program gathering in Las Vegas, Nevada. A music video highlighting the extravaganza and its expenses caused a political firestorm. The GSA’s largess stood in stark contrast to what Congress was trying to impress upon the public […]

On @ The 90: AmericaSpace's Presidential Endorsement

So, which of the presidential candidates does this space supporter back? The answer might suprise you… Photo Credit: Jason Rhian

Another election year, time for the “unbiased” media to give their endorsement to one candidate or another. After listening to both Presidential candidates’ comments and actions regarding space exploration, here is my “fair […]

North Korea and Iran Poised For High Stakes Rocket Launch

North Korean Unha-3/TD-2 rocket sits in massive service tower at the new West Sea Coast Launch Site. Note how service structure can handle a much taller and wider rocket vehicle. Photo Credit: AP

North Korea’s planned April 12 space launch of a Unha-3/Taep’o-dong-2 (TD-2) ballistic missile is as important to Iran as it […]