Smartphone Photos From Orbit

Image Credit: NASA Ames

These images of Earth were reconstructed from photos taken by three smartphones in orbit, or “PhoneSats.” The trio of PhoneSats launched on April 21, 2013, aboard the Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and ended a successful mission on April 27. The ultimate goal of the PhoneSat mission […]

Wallops Flight Facility Enters Spotlight With Orbital's Antares Launch

With the addition of Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket to the Wallops Flight Facility manifest, the sleepy center takes center stage in terms of commercial space operations. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va — Until recently, NASA’s Wallops Research Center, located in Virginia, was one of NASA’s lesser-known centers. This […]

Orbital Readies For 'A-ONE' Test Flight

The first launch of an Orbital Science Corporation’s Antares rocket is scheduled to take place between Apr. 16-18. Image Credit: Orbital

Orbital Sciences (OSC) is readying Antares, its medium-class launch vehicle, for its first Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) test flight, “A-ONE”, currently scheduled to take place between April 16 and 18, from […]

Orbital Successfully Hot Fires Antares Rocket, Tests New Pad at Wallops

NASA and Orbital Science Corporation conducted a successful “hot-fire” test of the Antares rocket’s AJ26 engines this evening from NASA’s Wallops Facility, located in Virginia. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-nine seconds might not seem like much, but for Orbital Science Corporation it was 29 seconds of pure victory. NASA and Orbital conducted a successful […]