As Structural Testing Concludes, Orion and SLS Look Ahead to Artemis-1

The Orion Structural Test Article (STA) undergoes a critical jettison test of panels surrounding the service module last month at Lockheed Martin’s facility near Denver, Colo. Photo Credit: NASA

Last week’s completion of parallel structural testing campaigns for Orion and the Space Launch System (SLS) is a critical step towards the maiden voyage of […]

SpaceX Launches High-Profile Space Force GPS III-03 Satellite

Laden with GPS III-03, the Falcon 9 powers into a hot Florida afternoon on its third mission of June 2020. Photo: Jeff Seibert / AmericaSpace

SpaceX has successfully launched and, for the first time, recovered a Falcon 9 booster following a National Security Space Launch (NSSL) mission. The never-before-used B1060 core, teamed with a […]

Atlas V Primed for First U.S. Space Force Launch Thursday with AEHF-6

The sixth and final USAF Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) satellite, encapsulated within its Payload Fairing, is transported to the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) at Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 for stacking atop its Atlas V rocket. Photos: ULA

For only the second time this year, the roar of an Atlas V will break the […]

Artemis Updates

Orion in lunar orbit. Image: Lockheed Martin

This is the first of what AmericaSpace.com hopes are many updates of the Artemis system on a regular basis to bring you, our readers, up to speed on progress of the primary components of the Artemis system, the Orion spacecraft and SLS launcher.

This […]

ULA Primed for 80th Atlas V Launch with USAF 'AEHF-5' Satellite Thursday Morning

ULA’s workhorse Atlas V rocket stands poised for launch atop pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to deliver AEHF-5 into a customized geosynchronous transfer orbit for the U.S. Air Force at 5:44am EDT on 8 Thursday 2019. This satellite is a part of a network supporting protected communications to high-priority […]

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 […]

Good Test Fire Clears Next Falcon Heavy for April 9 Launch with Arabsat 6A

SpaceX’s second Falcon Heavy rocket forays to life with a static test fire on Kennedy Space Center pad 39A April 5, 2019 at noon. Following test fire, SpaceX scheduled launch for April 9, 2019. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

Fourteen months since its triumphant maiden voyage, the 27 engines of SpaceX’s mighty Falcon […]

Last SpaceX Launch of 2018 Delivers Inaugural GPS III Satellite to Orbit

The U.S. Air Force’s first GPS III satellite heads to orbit atop a space Falcon 9 rocket from cape Canaveral, Florida on Dec 23, 2018. Photo: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace.com

Wrapping up its personal-best-beating 21st launch of the year—a 15% uplift on 2017’s achievement—SpaceX has triumphantly delivered the first member of the Global Positioning […]

NASA Outlines New Commercial Partnerships for Returning People to the Moon Within 10 Years

The moon rising as an American rocket launches a commercial satellite. Today NASA announced several commercial partnerships aimed at landing robotic and crewed missions on the moon in the coming years. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

Today NASA announced more plans to get back to the moon, this time to stay, because […]