One Year, Ten Reflown Boosters: Iridium NEXT-5 Hitches Ride to Orbit on Used Falcon 9

Atop the noticeably charred first stage of its Upgraded Falcon 9, Iridium NEXT-5 takes flight on Friday, 30 March. This was SpaceX’s tenth flight out of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., since September 2013. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Twitter

Today (Friday 30 March), SpaceX marks one year since it became the first launch provider to deliver […]

InSight Mars Lander Arrives at Vandenberg for First Planetary Launch from West Coast in May

InSight arrives inside its shipping container at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Feb. 28, 2018. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin Space

NASA’s next Mars mission is another step closer to taking flight – the InSight spacecraft has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California, ahead of a launch this coming May. The InSight […]

Paz Radar-Imaging Satellite Heads to Polar Orbit, Mr. Steven Attempts Fairing Recovery

The Upgraded Falcon 9 spears away from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Four launches within the first eight weeks of the year is an impressive accomplishment, as SpaceX successfully lofted Spain’s Paz civil/military radar-imaging satellite into low-Earth orbit, earlier today (Thursday, 22 February), from Space Launch […]

Don't Freak Out Sunday California, It's Just SpaceX Launching the PAZ Satellite

The launch of Iridium-4 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on December 22, 2017, from Vandenberg AFB, CA, caused a lot of clueless people to freak out as the booster was an amazing sight in sunset’s fading twilight. Photo: SpaceX

UPDATE FEB 17: – The Falcon 9 was rolled out to its launch pad […]

Delta IV Medium+ (5,2) Launches Final Mission, Delivers Secretive NROL-47 Payload to Orbit

The final Delta IV Medium+ (5,2) takes flight at 2:11 p.m. PST Friday, 12 January. Photo Credit: ULA/Twitter

One of the least-used variants of the mighty Delta IV booster flew its final manifested mission today (Friday, 12 January), delivering the classified NROL-47 payload into orbit on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Originally […]

SpaceX Launches Fourth Iridium NEXT Batch, Completes Half of Satellite Constellation

SpaceX Iridium-4 launch from Vandenberg AFB, Ca this evening atop a Falcon-9 rocket. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX has closed out 2017 with a personal-best-beating 18th launch, more than twice as many as it has ever previously achieved in a single calendar year. Its 230-foot-tall (70-meter) Upgraded Falcon 9 booster rose majestically from Space Launch Complex […]

Polar-Orbiting Environment Watcher Launches Atop Second-to-Last Delta II

After two foiled launch attempts on Tuesday and Wednesday, the second-to-last Delta II took flight at 1:47:36 a.m. PST on Saturday, 18 November. Photo Credit: ULA/Walter Scriptunas III

Today’s crackling growl of a Delta II taking flight is expected to be repeated only once more, before this impeccably reliable launch vehicle retires from operational […]

Second-to-Last Delta II Launch with JPSS-1 Satellite Rescheduled for Saturday

The soon to be extinct Delta-II rocket awaiting launch with the JPSS-1 satellite for NASA and NOAA. Credit: ULA

UPDATED Nov 17: Statement from ULA, “confirmed on the Western Range for Saturday, Nov. 18. The launch time is 1:47 a.m. PT.”

UPDATED Nov 15: Statement from ULA, “scrubbed due to […]

SpaceX Launches Third Batch of Iridium NEXT Satellites from Vandenberg, Returns First Stage to Drone Ship

Following today’s launch, 40 percent of the Iridium NEXT constellation are now safely in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO). Photo Credit: Iridium/SpaceX/Twitter

After a year of records and “personal bests”, SpaceX aims to launch a pair of Upgraded Falcon 9 boosters within two days of each other this week, delivering a ten-strong batch of Iridium NEXT […]

SpaceX Launches Lightweight Formosat-5 to Orbit, Returns for Third West Coast ASDS Landing

The Upgraded Falcon 9 rises into the gloom at 11:51 a.m. PDT on Thursday, 24 August. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher/AmericaSpace

SpaceX successfully delivered one of its smallest primary payloads into orbit, early Thursday, 24 August, when a mammoth Upgraded Falcon 9 booster lifted off from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-4E at Vandenberg Air Force […]