'The First Thing I Had Ever Lost': 55 Years Since Gus Grissom's Flight in the Liberty Bell (Part 2)

This was one of the final views of Liberty Bell 7 on 21 July 1961, before it was lost beneath the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Not until 1999, more than three decades after Grissom’s death, would the sunken capsule be returned to the surface. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Fifty-five years […]

'Isn't That Good Enough?' 55 Years Since Gus Grissom's Flight in the Liberty Bell (Part 1)

The white crack on the side of his capsule, paralleling that on the real Liberty Bell, is visible to the left of this pre-launch image of Virgil “Gus” Grissom. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Had Virgil “Gus” Grissom lived longer, wrote Deke Slayton in his autobiography, Deke, he would have been the […]

Blue Origin Outlines Results of Crew Capsule Parachute-Fail Landing Test

Blue Origin’s Crew Capsule during post landing recovery operations last month after completing a test to prove the Crew Capsule could safely land with only two of its three parachutes open. Photo Credit: Blue Origin

On June 19, Blue Origin launched their reusable New Shepherd rocket and crew capsule into suborbital space over […]

America’s Future Rocket Scientists: Student Research Experiments Thunder From NASA Wallops to Sniff Earth’s Atmosphere, Search for Extreme Life, and More

Blastoff of RockOn suborbital Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket carrying student-built research payloads from NASA’s beachside Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 7:21 a.m. EDT on June 26, 2014. Note birds fluttering at left. Credit: Ken Kremer – kenkremer.com/AmericaSpace See our launch videos and photos below

WALLOPS ISLAND, VA — Over 150 totally thrilled […]

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Roars Through Second Supersonic Flight

On Sept. 5, 2013, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo was released from its carrier aircraft and proceeded to conduct its second supersonic flight. Photo Credit: Mars Scientific / Clay Center Observatory

At 8 a.m. PDT, over the deserts of Mojave, Calif., Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2), ferried aloft by the WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft, was released, […]

XCOR Update on Lynx Rocket Plane

XCOR welder, machinist and fabricator Eber West performs a test weld for a fixture to mount the Lynx truss to a firewall test stand. Photo Credit: XCOR

For many weeks and months the XCOR Team has been hard at work on a journey like no other, building Lynx. We would like to share […]

NASA Selects Innovative Technology Proposals for Suborbital Flights

Image Credit: NASA

NASA has selected for possible flight demonstration 10 proposals from six U.S. states for reusable, suborbital technology payloads and vehicle capability enhancements with the potential to revolutionize future space missions.

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Personal Jetpack Ready for Flight Testing

 

Photo Credit: Martin

PhysOrg reports that New Zealand company Martin Aircraft has been cleared to perform human flight testing on a personalized jetpack called P12.

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Suborbital Rocket Launches From NASA's Wallops Flight Facility

Photo Credit: NASA / Chris Perry

A Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital rocket carrying experiments developed by university students nationwide in the RockSat-X program was successfully launched at 6 a.m. EDT, August 13, from NASA’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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Rocket Launch Scheduled June 5 From Wallops

Launch visibility map for the CIBER launch. Image Credit: NASA

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va — A Black Brant XII suborbital rocket carrying the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment (CIBER) is scheduled for launch between 11 and 11:59 p.m. EDT, June 5, from NASA’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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