LauncherOne Achieves Second Successful Mission, Lifts Seven Payloads to Orbit

On its 2nd flight of 2021, @VirginOrbit’s #LauncherOne air-launched booster has lifted 7 payloads for 3 nations to low-Earth orbit. […]

Virgin Orbit Prepares for Second LauncherOne Mission, Early Wednesday Morning

@VirginOrbit is targeting a 2hr window from 6-8 a.m. PDT Wednesday for its 7-satellite #TubularBellsPartOne mission. […]

Boeing Starliner Set for 25 March Atlas V Launch, STP-3 Mission Delayed

@NASA, @ULALaunch & @Boeing are targeting NET 25 March for CST-100 Starliner test flight to @Space_Station, as STPSat-3 mission slips for “launch readiness evaluations”. […]

A Mission Cut Short: Remembering STS-44, OTD in 1991

OTD in 1991, the crew of #Atlantis became the last shuttle astronauts to land on a dry lakebed runway & with no family to welcome them home. […]

Passing Ships: Remembering the Atlantis-Columbia Photo-Op, 30 Years On

Today, 30yrs ago, in one of the shuttle program’s greatest photo-ops, Columbia and Atlantis passed each other on their respective treks out and back to the launch pad. But why? […]

The Story of the Vanishing Satellite: Remembering Top-Secret STS-36, 30 Years On

Atlantis spears for the heavens at 2:50 a.m. EST on 28 February 1990. Photo Credit: NASA

In many minds, STS-36—a top-secret Department of Defense mission, flown 30 years ago this month—was one of the greatest flights ever undertaken in the three decades of Space Shuttle operations. In his memoir Man On A Mission, astronaut Dave Hilmers recalled […]

Remembering Shuttle Discovery's Miracle Mission, 35 Years On (Part 1)

Thirty-five years ago, this week, Discovery flew Mission 51C, the shuttle’s first totally classified mission. Photo Credit: NASA

“Miracle” is a term often applied to many aspects of the space program: from Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering flight aboard Vostok 1 to the historic first manned lunar landing and from the triumph of Apollo 13 to […]

Delta IV Medium Launches into Retirement with 'Magellan' GPS III Satellite for USAF

For the 29th and final time, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Medium booster took flight Thursday, 22 August to deliver the second Block III Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite to Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) for the U.S. Air Force. Photo: Jeff Seibert / AmericaSpace.com

For the 29th and final time, a United […]

ULA Set to Launch Last Single-Stick Delta IV Thursday with 'Magellan' GPS III Satellite

For the final time on Thursday, a “single-stick” ULA Delta IV Medium rocket will roar to space, this time with the GPS III ‘Magellan’ satellite for the U.S. Air Force, ending a career which has delivered a smorgasbord of military, civilian & scientific payloads to space over the course of a spectacular 17-year history. Photo […]

'The Worst Coffee': Remembering Columbia's Return on STS-28, Thirty Years On (Part 2)

Columbia roars to orbit on 8 August 1989, beginning the first flight of her post-Challenger career. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty years ago, this month, Space Shuttle Columbia returned to flight, following a three-year down time in the aftermath of the Challenger disaster. Aboard STS-28 for a five-day flight were Commander Brewster Shaw, Pilot Dick […]