Watch Falcon Heavy Fly Its First Night Launch & DOD Mission Tonight

The third SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket standing atop pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, ahead of its first launch attempt scheduled for June 24 at 11:30pm Eastern time with the STP-2 mission. Photo: SpaceX

UPDATE 9:00pm Eastern June 24: SpaceX has delayed tonight’s planned launch from 11:30pm to ‘No Earlier Than’ 2:30am […]

Cooling Problem May Jeopardize NOAA's New GOES-17 Weather Satellite

GOES-S (now GOES-17) undergoing final launch processing in the Astrotech clean room in Titusville, Florida. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

The nation’s brand new game-changing GOES-17 meteorological satellite (formerly GOES-S), launched in early March 2018, has hit a snag in its on-orbit commissioning. The problem is a performance issue recently discovered with the […]

Check Out These Spectacular Views of GOES-S Launching to Orbit Atop ULA's Mighty Atlas

The powerhouse boosters and RD-180 of the ULA Atlas-V 541 rocket, launching the NOAA GOES-S satellite March 1, 2018. Photo: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Yesterday, ULA launched their third mission of the year, aiming to deliver the nation’s next game-changing meteorological satellite to orbit on the shoulders of their mighty Atlas-V rocket. Liftoff […]

A Year of DSCOVR-y: Joint NASA/NOAA Earth-Watcher Celebrates 12 Months of Operations

 

The lunar farside begins its transit of the sunlit Earth, as seen by the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) in July 2015. Photo Credit: NASA/NOAA

At first glance, it appeared to be an impressive PhotoShop image. The view of the Moon, passing in front of the sunlit face of Earth in July […]

SpaceX Primed for Final Falcon 9 v1.1 Launch on Sunday

Sunday’s launch of Jason-3 marks the final flight of the Falcon 9 in its v1.1 configuration. Future missions will utilize the Upgraded Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Less than 28 months since its maiden voyage—which delivered Canada’s low-Earth orbiting Cascade, SmallSat and IOnospheric Polar Explorer (CASSIOPE) aloft, back in September […]

Jason-3 Critical to Understanding Rising Sea Levels: Interview with Project Scientist Josh Willis (Part 1)

The Jason-3 satellite undergoing final preparations for placement within a payload fairing for launch atop a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket, currently scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 17 from Vandenberg AFB in southern CA. Photo Credit: NASA

On January 17, an Earth science spacecraft designed to measure the surface topography of our planet’s ocean is scheduled […]

SpaceX Going for Offshore Barge Landings for Next Few Falcon-9 Launches

A SpaceX Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket conducted a successful full-duration, 7-second static test fire at Vandenberg AFB on Jan. 11, paving the way for the Jason-3 satellite to be launched Jan. 17 at 10:42 a.m. PST (1:42 p.m. EST), at the opening of a 30-second launch window. The booster will then attempt to land […]

SpaceX Jason-3 First Stage Falcon Will Attempt ASDS Landing at Sea

SpaceX has confirmed they will attempt to land their Falcon-9 first stage booster on one of two offshore barges after launching the Jason-3 satellite from Vandenberg AFB in Southern California, currently scheduled to launch No-Earlier-Than (NET) Jan. 17. Photo Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX has confirmed they will attempt to land their Falcon-9 first stage […]

NASA Monitoring Historic Hurricane Patricia As it Hits Southwestern Mexico

When NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over Patricia on October 23 at 5:20 a.m. EDT the VIIRS instrument that flies aboard Suomi NPP looked at the storm in infrared light. Cloud top temperatures of thunderstorms around the eyewall were between 180K (-135.7F/ -93.1C) and 190 Kelvin (-117.7F/ -83.1C).Image Credit: UW/CIMSS/William Straka III

As […]

Air Force Weather Satellite’s Breakup Blamed on Wiring Harness Compression in Battery Charge Assembly

DMSP Air Force weather satellite is depicted in polar orbit near Alaska. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

A U.S. Air Force review into the Feb. 3 loss of Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Flight 13 determined a failure of the spacecraft’s battery charger as the likely cause of the satellite’s failure and structural breakup.

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