Second-Use Falcon 9 Smoothly Delivers Radarsat Trio to Near-Polar Orbit

B1051 punches through low-level murk and into crystal-clear California skies, beginning its effort to deliver three Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) satellites into near-polar orbit. Photo Credit: SpaceX

For the fifteenth time in under six years, the roar of Merlin rocket engines rolled across a fog-enshrouded Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., earlier this morning (Wednesday, […]

Canada's Three-Satellite Radarsat Constellation Stands Ready for Tuesday SpaceX Launch

Crew Dragon soaring on Demo-1 from KSC pad 39A on March 2, 2019. Wednesday’s long-delayed flight of the Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) will see the second flight by the B1051 core. Photo: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

A trio of identical satellites, each bearing the maple leaf of Canada, will rise to orbit on Wednesday, 12 June, […]

'Lost and Gone Forever': Remembering Clementine's Return to the Moon, 25 Years On

Star-tracker image of the lunar limb, with Venus a bright object in the background, from Clementine. Photo Credit: NASA/U.S. Geological Survey

When a returning Falcon 9 first stage plunged back to Earth and alighted at Landing Zone (LZ)-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., last October—wrapping up SpaceX’s first return-to-launch-site on the West […]

Long-Delayed Delta IV Heavy Lofts Heavyweight NROL-71 Spy Satellite

ULA’s first flight of 2019 sets off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 11:10 a.m. PST Saturday, 19 January. Photo Credit: Brian Sandoval/AmericaSpace

Although relegated last February to second place on the list of the world’s most powerful operational rockets—sitting behind SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy—the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy roared […]

SpaceX Completes Iridium NEXT Constellation, Kicks Off Ambitious 2019

A reused SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket taking flight with the final set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg AFB, CA on Jan 11, 2019. Photo: Brian Sandoval / AmericaSpace.com

Two years to the week since it began its Iridium NEXT journey, SpaceX has successfully lofted the eighth and final batch of global mobile […]

SpaceX Successfully Lands First Falcon in California, Following Spectacular Launch of SAOCOM-1A

Falcon 9 soaring above the mountains surrounding Vandenberg AFB, CA with SAOCOM-1A. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX has triumphantly wrapped up the first Return to Launch Site (RTLS) of a Falcon 9 first stage at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., following the early-evening flight of Argentina’s long-awaited SAOCOM-1A radar-imaging satellite on Sunday, 7 October. Liftoff […]

SpaceX Aims for First Falcon Landing at Vandenberg With Sunday Night SAOCOM-1A Launch

Saturday’s launch will mark the fifth SpaceX flight of 2018 out of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., tying a “personal best” from last year. Photo Credit: NASA

Following a smooth Static Fire Test of its nine Merlin 1D+ first-stage engines on Tuesday, 2 October, SpaceX stands ready to launch—and land—its first Falcon 9 […]

SpaceX Turns Focus to Vandenberg for Twilight Launch with Iridium-7 NET July 20

Launch of Iridium-4 from Vandenberg AFB, California. Photo: SpaceX

Up next on the U.S. space launch manifest is another SpaceX mission, and another twilight one at that, scheduled to fly atop a ‘Block 5’ Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California as soon as July 20 with the seventh […]

SpaceX Iridium-6 and GRACE-FO Launch a 'Complete Success' Says Iridium CEO

The NASA/German Research Centre for Geosciences GRACE Follow-On spacecraft launch onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It shared it’s ride to orbit with five Iridium NEXT communications satellites as part of a commercial rideshare agreement. Photo Credit: […]

SpaceX to Launch 7 Satellites into Different Orbits Tuesday, Attempt Fairing Recovery

SpaceX is scheduled to launch the next five Iridium NEXT global mobile communications satellites to orbit, along with the NASA / German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX is the final stages of preparing for a launch attempt on Tuesday, May 22, to deliver the next five Iridium […]