SpaceX Launches Sentinel-6A on U.S./European Ocean-Monitoring Mission

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ocean observation satellite lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:17 a.m. PST (12:17 p.m. EST) Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. In this composite, the rocket can be seen at left landing. Photo: Oliver Pelham Burn / […]

Sentinel-6A, Starlink Missions Primed for Weekend Launch Double-Header

@NASA, @SpaceX & @CopernicusEU plan a weekend launch double-header, with #Sentinel6 & #Starlink missions from West & East Coasts. And both missions will knock out a few more SpaceX records too. […]

Good Falcon 9 Test Fire at Vandenberg Sets Stage for NASA/ESA Sentinel-6A Launch Nov 21

Artists impression of the Sentinel 6 spacecraft in orbit. Image Credit NASA

SpaceX conducted a successful Static Test Fire today of the Falcon 9 rocket tasked with launching NASA and ESA’s latest Earth observing science satellte, Sentinel-6A, paving the way for a launch attempt from Vandenberg AFB in southern California on Nov 21 at […]

Sentinel 6A Encapsulated for Launch with SpaceX Nov 21

Inside SpaceX’s Payload Processing Facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the U.S.-European Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ocean-monitoring satellite is being encapsulated in the SpaceX Falcon 9 payload fairing on Nov. 3, 2020. Photo: NASA

NASA and ESA’s next Earth Observing science mission aims to better understand sea level rise and how it changes […]

Sentinel-6A Michael Freilich Ready for Shipping, Ahead of November Launch

@AirbusSpace is ready to ship #Sentinel6 ocean-watching satellite from Munich to California this week, ahead of 10 Nov @SpaceX launch. […]

NROL-44 Targets NET 18 September, Root Cause of Hot Fire Abort Identified

@ULALaunch is zeroing-in on the root cause of August’s Hot Fire Abort of #MajesticDelta & targets NET 18 Sept for #NROL44. […]

NROL-44 Investigation Underway, As ULA Prepares for Last Delta IV Heavy Missions

As @ULALaunch works to resolve Hot Fire Abort issue & co-ordinate a new NET for #NROL44, only five more #MajesticDelta missions remain on the books. […]

First Hundred, Next Hundred: SpaceX Set for 101st Launch Sep 3

After wrapping up its 100th launch on Sunday, @SpaceX is set to kick off its next 100 with a Tuesday liftoff at 9:29 a.m. EDT. […]

Ten Years of History-Making: The Remarkable Decade of the Falcon 9

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket CASSIOPE image credit Space Exploration Technologies SpaceX posted on AmericaSpace

The Falcon 9 v1.0, which completed its maiden voyage 10 years ago today, went on to complete five missions by September 2013. It was the forerunner of the reusable, versatile boosters of today. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Watching the grainy footage makes it look older and you might be forgiven for thinking SpaceX’s Falcon 9 […]

Insight's 'Mole' Drill Faces New Issue, While Curiosity Explores "Ancient Oasis"

Image from InSight showing the “mole” heat probe (the tube on the left) after it jumped about halfway back out of the hole it made while digging. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Update – Nov. 1, 2019: NASA InSight just tweeted that the mole appears to be stable and more images are being taken to try […]