Starliner Aims for Dec 20 Orbital Flight Test After Good Wet Dress Rehearsal

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner crew capsule atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket atop Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral AFS on Dec 6, undergoing a major practice countdown Wet Dress Rehearsal for a launch attempt on the uncrewed Orbital Flight Test to and from the International Space Station as soon as Dec 20. […]

SpaceX Sends 19th Resupply to Space Station, Makes 20th Rocket Landing

SpaceX launching a reused Cargo Dragon on the CRS-19 mission to the ISS for NASA on 5 Dec, 2019. Photo: SpaceX

After a strangely quiet late summer and fall across Florida’s Space Coast—at least as far as launches are concerned—SpaceX ramped up the tempo earlier today (Thursday, 5 December) by staging its second Falcon […]

Calmer Winds Expected for Second SpaceX CRS-19 Launch Attempt Today, Watch Live

Falcon 9 and Cargo Dragon against the sunrise for launch attempt #2 with CRS-19 for NASA. Photo: SpaceX

UPDATE Dec 4: The first launch attempt was scrubbed due to unfavorable upper level winds. New launch attempt set for Dec 5 at 12:29pm EST

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Starliner Joins Rocket for Dec Launch on Uncrewed Orbital Flight Test

Boeing’s first CST-100 ‘Starliner’ crew capsule rolls out of the company’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 21, 2019. Photo: Jeff Seibert / AmericaSpace.com

Early Wednesday (Nov 21), Boeing rolled out their first CST-100 Starliner crew capsule for space, departing a former space shuttle processing […]

SpaceX Test Fires Crew Dragon's Abort Engines, Paves Way to In-Flight Abort Test

SpaceX conducted a successful full-duration static fire test of Crew Dragon’s launch escape system again on Nov 13, 2019, and will now work with NASA to review the data & proceed towards their next major flight test milestone before putting astronauts onboard; an in-flight abort during a rocket launch itself, to validate Dragon’s launch […]

Starliner Clears Pad Abort Test as ULA Rolls Out Rocket for Dec 17 Orbital Flight Test

This morning, Boeing conducted the first major flight test of their new CST-100 Starliner crew capsule, flying off a launch stand at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for a pad abort test to demonstrate and prove it can safely escape an exploding rocket to save its crew.

It was their first flight […]

Boeing Ready for Critical Starliner Crew Capsule Pad Abort Test Monday

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft and its service module sit atop the test stand at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico ahead of the company’s Pad Abort Test. The test is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2019, and will demonstrate the spacecraft’s ability to quickly escape the launch pad in the event of an emergency […]

Antares Launches NG-12 ISS Resupply Mission, Honors Moonwalker Alan Bean

Liftoff of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 9:59am ET Nov 2, 2019, sending their Cygnus cargo vehicle to deliver about 8,200 pounds of cargo and supplies to the ISS for NASA. Photo: Oliver Pelham Burn / AmericaSpace.com

Five years to the week since the most dismal moment […]

For All Womankind: Koch and Meir Complete Historic All-Female Spacewalk

Christina Koch (with red stripes) was making her fourth career Extravehicular Activity (EVA), whilst Jessica Meir became the 14th U.S. woman and the 15th woman in history—when one also counts Russia’s Svetlana Savitskaya—to perform a spacewalk. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty-five years to the month since Kathy Sullivan carved her name in the annals of […]

Spacewalkers Begin Three-Week EVA Marathon to Replace Space Station Batteries

Today’s battery replacement task centered on the P-6 truss segment, circled. Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter

Veteran spacewalkers Christina Koch and Drew Morgan wrapped up a multi-hour session of Extravehicular Activity (EVA) yesterday to begin replacing old nickel-hydrogen batteries in the P-6 truss of the International Space Station (ISS) with upgraded lithium-ion units and associated adapter […]