SpaceX Aims for Thursday Night Launch from Florida with Israeli Moonlander and Payloads for USAF, Indonesia

File photo of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch off SLC-40. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

SpaceX is scheduled to launch their first Florida mission of 2019 on Thursday evening, targeting liftoff from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with their second three-times-used Falcon 9 booster at 8:45 p.m. […]

'Lock the Doors': Remembering Columbia's Loss, OTD in 2003

The beauty of Earth was a sight that none of the STS-107 crew ever grew tired. Photographed through Columbia’s overhead flight deck windows, this astonishing vista was captured on 22 January, six days after launch. Photo Credit: NASA

On this day, 1 February, in 2003, the seven-member crew of shuttle Columbia—Commander Rick Husband, […]

Israeli Team Secures First Google Lunar XPRIZE Launch Contract for 2017 Moonshot on Falcon-9

An Illustration of SpaceIL’s New Spacecraft Design on the Moon. Image Credit: SpaceIL

Teams from around the world have been competing to win the global Google Lunar XPRIZE race to the moon for close to a decade, each building a privately-funded robotic spacecraft and mission to be the first to land on the […]

Zenit Rocket Returns to Flight With Israel's AMOS-4 Satellite

The Zenit-3SLB vehicle assigned to the AMOS-4 mission is readied for launch at Baikonur. Photo Credit: Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)

Almost seven months to the day since the loss of a Zenit booster, which fell into the Pacific Ocean less than a minute after its 1 February liftoff, the Sea Launch international launch […]

Deal Inked by SpaceX and Spacecom to Launch AMOS-6 Satellite

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Space Exploration Technologies may have only launched four of the Hawthorne-Calif., based company’s Falcon 9 rockets, but that hasn’t stopped customers in search of an affordable launch vehicle from tapping the company’s latest offering to send their payloads to orbit. The latest of these companies is Space […]

'Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope' to Air on PBS

Image Credit: PBS / Vimeo

It has been a decade since the crew of Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107 was lost just sixteen minutes from home. The nation, by-and-large, has moved on. A documentary, entitled Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope, has been produced to mark the occasion and to pay special […]

'One of the Smoothest': Columbia’s Final Flight (Part 3)

The dual-shift nature of STS-107 required the inclusion of sleep stations in Columbia’s middeck. In this image, Red Team members Laurel Clark, Rick Husband, and Kalpana Chawla peek out of their bunks. Photo Credit: NASA

When Columbia’s payload bay doors opened at around midday EST on 16 January 2003, they exposed a cargo […]

India’s New Space Radar More EarthSat Than ReconSat

 

ISRO says computer graphic is true to 3,900 lb. RISAT-1 design, although it has released no pictures. Imaging radar panel is 6 x 20 ft. while solar arrays span about 40 ft. Photo Credit: ISRO

India’s new imaging radar satellite (above) is undergoing final testing prior to launch in mid April on […]