Mighty Atlas Returns ULA to Flight, Delivers NROL-101 to Orbit

@ULALaunch #MightyAtlas successfully launches #NROL101 mission for @NatReconOfc. […]

NROL-101 Moves to NET Friday, Weekend Weather Outlook Looks Iffy

@ULALaunch & @NatReconOfc will wait until NET 6 Nov to launch #NROL101 mission. But the weather outlook heading into the weekend does not look promising. […]

ULA Aims for Wednesday Atlas V Launch of Secretive NROL-101 Mission

@ULALaunch will wait until Wednesday at 5:54 p.m. EST to launch @NatReconOfc #NROL101 mission, due to Environmental Control System (ECS) flow-rate reduction issue. Vehicle and payload remain healthy, ULA reports. […]

Smooth LRR Clears Atlas V for NROL-101 Launch at Sunset Tuesday

On Saturday, @ULALaunch wrapped up Launch Readiness Review (LRR) ops for @NatReconOfc’s #NROL101 mission, targeted for 5:58 p.m. EST Tuesday. […]

ULA Aims for Nov 3 Launch of Atlas V, NROL-101

@ULALaunch zeroes-in on Tuesday 3 Nov to launch #MightyAtlas for @NatReconOfc #NROL101 mission. […]

OSIRIS-REx's 'Cup Runneth Over' with Overflowing Asteroid Samples

Series of three images showing that the sample collector head on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is full of rocks and dust collected from the surface of the asteroid Bennu. They also reveal that some particles are escaping into space since the sampler’s mylar flap lid (the black bulge on the left inside the ring) is […]

Success! NASA's OSIRIS-REx 'Touches' Asteroid Bennu, Gathers Samples for Return to Earth in 2023

Artist’s illustration of OSIRIS-REx collecting a sample from Bennu on Oct. 20, 2020. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

History was made yesterday as NASA’s OSIRIS-REx became the first U.S. spacecraft to successfully retrieve a sample of rock and dust from an asteroid, which will be later returned to Earth.

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SpaceX Plans Back-to-Back Starlink Missions, NROL-44 Delayed Indefinitely

@SpaceX plans 2 #Starlink missions on Monday & Wednesday, as @ULALaunch #NROL44 is delayed indefinitely. […]

OSIRIS-Rex Prepares to Land on Asteroid Bennu October 20

Artist’s illustration of OSIRIS-REx collecting a sample from Bennu on Oct. 20, 2020. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

In less than a couple weeks from now, on Oct. 20, 2020, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx will become the space agency’s first mission to obtain samples from an asteroid – Bennu – that will then be returned to […]

Boeing-Built WGS-11+ Satellite Passes Major Review, Heads into Production Next Year

@Boeing & @AF_SMC have completed 1st-ever, all-virtual Preliminary Design Review for #WGS11+ satellite, due for launch later this decade. […]