Launch of WGS-5 Delayed

Photo Credit: Jeffrey J. Soulliere

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV medium rocket carrying the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) satellite for the U.S. Air Force was scrubbed today due to a problem with the ground support system helium pressurization line (this according to representatives at […]

WGS-5 Launch to Mark Delta IV's Return to Flight

United Launch Alliance is currently planning to launch a Delta IV Medium+ 5,4 rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 in Florida. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — No sooner has the smoke and fire settled from last Wednesday’s liftoff of an Atlas V to deliver the GPS IIF-4 satellite […]

Apollo Test Stand Re-Purposed For SLS

The B-2 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center is undergoing renovations to prepare it for testing of Space Launch Systems. Photo Credit: NASA/SSC

One of the test stands at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi which supported the development of the Saturn family of launch vehicles is now being tapped to test […]

Hot-fire Tests Steering the Future of NASA's Space Launch System Engines

A new record was set April 4 for J-2X engine test firings when the engine was fired for 570 seconds on the A-2 test stand at Stennis. With the completion of the test series on this stand, the engine will now be moved to the A-1 test stand where it will undergo gimbaling […]

United Launch Alliance’s Delta II Tapped to Launch ICESat-2 by NASA

NASA has selected the United Launch Alliance Delta II to send its ICESat-2 spacecraft into polar orbit. Photo Credit: Alan Walters /

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The Launch Services Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, located in Florida, has selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Delta II rocket to launch the agency’s Ice, […]

Report: Lack of Adequate Precautions Caused Accident That Killed Three During SpaceShipTwo Test

Photo Credit: The Spaceship Company

In July 2007, a test of a hybrid nitrous oxide-fueled rocket engine that Scaled Composites planned to use on its SpaceShipTwo space plane failed. The resulting explosion killed three and injured three more. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or Cal/OSHA, has released its investigation report which […]

Google Lunar X PRIZE Team Moon Express Acquires Rocket City Space Pioneers, Edges Closer to Goal

Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP) team Moon Express has acquired fellow GLXP team Rocket City Space Pioneers and have thus poised themselves one step closer to landing their rover on the Moon. Image Credit: NASA

One of the teams competing in the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP), Moon Express, has reached an agreement […]

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Conducts Successful Hot-Fire of Launch Abort Engine


Video of a previous Bantam test-fire courtesy of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne

The title of a recent video produced by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, was “Smoke and Fire – Not Smoke and Mirrors. The company backed up that claim yet again in California on March 9 by conducting a successful hot-fire test of its […]

NASA’s J2-X Engine Kicks Off 2012 With Powerpack Testing

Space Launch System

This image is from a 2008 cold flow test campaign conducted at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center for the J-2X engine program. The next-generation engine was selected as part of the Space Launch System architecture that will once again carry humans into deep space. Photo Credit: NASA

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — A […]

Opinion: Pratt Whitney: Smoke & Fire – Not Smoke & Mirrors


Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has released this video detailing the company’s involvement in many successful launches last year. The video points out that while others were “talking” about launch – Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s engines have been launching. The point the firm makes is clear, while others have been releasing slick videos, PowerPoint presentations […]