NASA Launches Orion Crew Capsule on Milestone In-Flight Abort Test

An Orion test article launching atop a refurbished Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic missile solid rocket motor on the Ascent Abort-2 flight test, 2 July 2019 from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Photo: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace.com

The sun wasn’t the only spectacular sight seen rising over Florida’s ‘Space […]

NASA Set to Launch In-Flight Abort Test of Orion Crew Capsule Tuesday Morning

The Ascent Abort-2 test booster and launch abort system on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Photo: NASA

NASA is set to conduct an extremely important in-flight abort test Tuesday morning of their Orion Crew Capsule, to prove the spacecraft’s Launch Abort System (LAS) can pull astronauts away from […]

NASA Clears SpaceX to Launch Crew Dragon 'Demo-1' on March 2

The SpaceX ‘Crew Dragon’ atop its Falcon 9 rocket on pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo Credit: SpaceX

It has been nearly a month since SpaceX conducted a test fire of the Falcon 9 rocket which will launch the first Crew Dragon, and today’s NASA Flight Readiness Review at Kennedy Space […]

First Crew Dragon Demo On Track for Late-Night Launch March 2

Image Credit: NASA

It has been nearly a month since SpaceX conducted a Static Test Fire of the Falcon 9 rocket which will launch the first Crew Dragon, and today NASA provided some more details about the upcoming launch, Demo-1, which will send the spacecraft on an uncrewed orbital shakedown & validation flight test […]

NASA Makes Improvements to Orion Heat Shield With Data Gathered From EFT-1

A manufacturing development unit of Orion’s heat shield is being built at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Denver. Engineers are using the unit to verify the new heat shield manufacturing process before it is used on actual flight hardware. Photo and Caption Credit: Lockheed Martin

Engineers working on NASA’s Orion capsule are taking a […]

XCOR’s Lynx Spaceplane Meets Development Milestone Leading Up to First Test Flight

The XCOR Lynx Mark I vehicle being fabricated at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif. Photo: Mike Massee / XCOR Aerospace

XCOR Aerospace proudly announced continued progress on its Lynx spaceplane, a suborbital spacecraft designed to take humans and payloads to the edge of space. The Lynx strakes, a major […]

Virgin Galactic’s Fatal SpaceShipTwo Accident Investigation Begins Revealing Answers

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) looking over wreckage from the crash of Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship Two, which killed co-pilot Michael Alsbury and injured pilot Peter Siebold, who managed to parachute to the ground. Photo Credit: NTSB

The commercial spaceflight industry is working hard to pick up the pieces after two […]

In-Flight Anomaly Forces Self-Destruct of Experimental SpaceX Rocket in Latest Flight Test

A SpaceX F9R prototype rocket exploded during a flight test in the skies over Texas on Friday, Aug. 22, when an anomaly was detected in-flight. Photo Credit: Amanda Spence

By definition, flight tests are expected to validate a vehicle’s ability to fly as designed and reveal any issues, whether good or bad, as […]

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Test Flight Hailed as a Success

From NASA: “MACH 4 TO PACIFIC: Two members of the Navy’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal team perch on the test vehicle used in the first flight of NASA’s Low-density Supersonic Decelerator project. The test vehicle was fished out of the waters of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range within hours of splashdown. During the […]

Flight Test for Next-Generation Mars Supersonic Decelerator Prototype Rescheduled for June 28

The saucer-shaped LDSD test vehicle is seen here in the Missile Assembly Building at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua‘i, Hawaii. The vehicle, part of NASA’s Low Density Supersonic Decelerator project, will test an inflatable decelerator and a parachute at high altitudes and speeds over the Pacific Missile Range this […]