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, […]

Of Frogs and Princes: Remembering Shuttle Mission 51G, OTD in 1985

Thirty-five years ago, today, Discovery launched on an international, multi-faceted mission. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty-five years ago today, on 17 June 1985, a spacecraft roared aloft with a crew representing the largest number of nations ever flown into space and carrying the largest load of satellites ever put into space at that time by […]

Boosters for First SLS Artemis Moon Rocket Arrive at KSC

With its pair of solid rocket boosters providing around 75 percent of the liftoff thrust, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) promises to be the world’s most powerful rocket and the only booster capable of sending a human-rated spacecraft to the Moon by 2024. The massive boosters, pictured here undergoing a test fire, will push […]

Ten Years of History-Making: The Remarkable Decade of the Falcon 9

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket CASSIOPE image credit Space Exploration Technologies SpaceX posted on AmericaSpace

The Falcon 9 v1.0, which completed its maiden voyage 10 years ago today, went on to complete five missions by September 2013. It was the forerunner of the reusable, versatile boosters of today. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Watching the grainy footage makes it look older and you might be forgiven for thinking SpaceX’s Falcon 9 […]

Demo-2 Flies, Ends 9-Year U.S. Crew Launch Hiatus

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching America’s first crew back to space from US soil on the Crew Dragon May 30, 2020 from Kennedy Space Center pad 39A on the Demo-2 flight test to and from the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

The wait is over. […]

Weather Delays Demo-2, Next Attempt NET Saturday

Demo-2 astronauts Doug Hurley (foreground) and Bob Behnken ran through a full-up Launch Day, but the Florida weather ultimately thwarted Wednesday’s launch attempt. Photo Credit: NASA/SpaceX

It’s been more than 3,000 days—almost nine full years—since a human-capable orbiting spaceship built and launched in the United States last swept back to Earth to return a […]

NASA, SpaceX Ready to Return Human Spaceflight to American Soil (Part 1)

Doug Hurley (foreground) will serve as mission commander for the Demo-2 flight, with Bob Behnken (background) as joint operations commander. Photo Credit: SpaceX

For the first time in nearly nine years, a Prime Crew is in the final days of waiting at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, ahead of their scheduled liftoff […]

NASA Orders 18 More RS-25 Engines for SLS Moon Rocket, at $1.79 Billion

The first SLS rocket for NASA’s Artemis moon missions rolls out of its assembly facility. Photo: NASA

With four years to go before human bootprints again dot the dusty surface of the Moon, NASA has awarded a contract worth $1.79 billion to Sacramento, Calif.-headquartered Aerojet Rocketdyne to fabricate 18 additional RS-25 engines for the […]

SpaceX Launches Starlink-6, Aims for First Crewed Flight on May 27

It is a rare occurrence these days that SpaceX launches a mission earlier than originally forecast, but that was exactly what happened at 3:31 p.m. EDT Wednesday, when a flight-proven Falcon 9 booster roared aloft from historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, carrying with it another 60 Starlink low-orbiting […]

SpaceX to Launch Sixth Batch of 60 Starlinks on Wednesday

With a more favorable weather forecast for launch and landing, SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, April 22 at 3:37 p.m. EDT for this week’s Falcon 9 Starlink mission. Photo: SpaceX

For the fifth occasion in less than six months, SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 booster core for the fourth time on Wednesday, 22 April, […]