SpaceX Launches Year's 20th Falcon 9, Delivers Transporter-2 Rideshare to Orbit

On the 1st anniversary of her maiden voyage, a veteran @SpaceX Falcon9 has launched for the 8th time, carrying 88 payloads. […]

SpaceX Ready to Launch Transporter-2 Mission, 88-Strong Satellite Payload

After standing down earlier this week, @SpaceX is set to loft 88 satellites on Transporter-2 mission NET Tuesday 29 June. […]

SpaceX Prepares for Fourth Launch of June, With Multi-Payload Transporter-2 Rideshare

@SpaceX is preparing for its 20th launch of the year on Friday, as an 8x-flown Falcon 9 lifts the Transporter-2 rideshare payload to Sun-synchronous orbit. […]

SpaceX Flies 90th Falcon 9, Resumes Starlink Launch Cadence

After 3 fruitless attempts, @SpaceX resumed #Starlink launches early Friday. Also deployed were a pair of rideshare payloads on behalf of @SpaceflightInc & @BlackSky_Inc […]

SpaceX to Launch 10th Batch of Starlinks, Pair of Rideshare Satellites on Friday

April 2020 Starlink launch off KSC pad 39A. Photo: SpaceX

Four weeks since the triumphant ride to orbit of Dragon Endeavour crewmen Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, the Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) historic Pad 39A will reverberate again to the roar Merlin 1D+ engines as early as 4:18 p.m. EDT on Friday, 26 June, […]

'Eight Days in a Garbage Can': 50 Years Since Gemini V (Part 2)

Glorious view of Baja California, with the nose of Gemini V visible at bottom right. Photo Credit: NASA

Five decades have now passed since a mission which Pete Conrad once described as “the longest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.” Gemini V was the third manned flight of […]

'Eight Days in a Garbage Can': 50 Years Since Gemini V (Part 1)

Illustrating the cramped nature of their eight-day home, astronauts Pete Conrad (background) and Gordo Cooper are in jubilant spirits ahead of their 21 August 1965 launch. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, this week, astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad experienced “the longest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.” Gemini V was […]

'A Nation of Quitters': 45 Years Since the Summer Apollo Ended (Part 2)

Training for a mission which, for one of them, would never come to pass, Dick Gordon (left) and Jack Schmitt work with a mockup of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) during their Apollo 15 backup duties. Schmitt’s importance as a professional geologist assured him a seat on Apollo 17. Gordon was not so […]

'A Nation of Quitters': 45 Years Since the Summer Apollo Ended (Part 1)

Apollo 15, originally the last of the H-series lunar landing missions, evolved to become the first member of the J-series, following the tumultuous events of 1970. Photo Credit: NASA

In 2011, Hollywood had us believe that the crew of Apollo 18 fell victim to spider-like aliens and a sinister conspiracy, spearheaded by the […]

Smooth Sailing, Mr. O: 10 Years Since the Launch of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is depicted in orbit above Mars with its large solar arrays and Earth communications dish at top. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

After more than 40,000 orbits of the Red Planet, NASA’s $720 million Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)—launched 10 years ago today, on 12 August 2005—is showing no signs of […]