ULA primes Delta IV Medium+ 4,2 rocket to launch AFSPC-4 mission

United Launch Alliance and the U.S. Air Force are preparing a Delta IV Medium+ 4,2 rocket to launch the AFSPC-4 mission on Wednesday, July 23 at 7:03 p.m. EDT (2303 GMT). Photo Credit: ULA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA ) has one of the firm’s Delta IV Medium+ 4,2 rockets poised to launch several satellites on the AFSPC-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force. If all goes according to plan, the rocket will lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37 […]

NASA renames Kennedy’s O&C building in honor of Neil Armstrong

The Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center has been renamed the Neil Armstrong Operations & Checkout Building in honor of the astronaut who placed the first boot prints on the Moon. Attending today's ceremony were Apollo 11 backup Commander Jim Lovell, Apollo 11 Lunar Module pilot Buzz Aldrin and Command Module Pilot Mike Collins. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / SpaceFlight Insider

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — The day after the U.S. remembered the 45th anniversary of man’s first landing on the Moon. Starting shortly after 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) on Monday, July 21 NASA rededicated the Operations and Checkout Building the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building. Numerous dignitaries within aerospace as well as elected officials, […]

Hensel Phelps to construct new Headquarters building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Image above: An artist rendering of the new headquarters building for NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Image Credit: NASA

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — NASA has laid the foundation to begin construction on a brand new, multi-story headquarters building at their hub at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, which will be the beginning for major cosmetic changes at the space center. On Thursday, the agency awarded the two-year contract to the Orlando-based Hensel […]

Launch Viewing Guide: ULA Delta IV with AFSPC-4

ULA is preparing to launch one of the company's Delta IV Medium+ 4,2 rockets with the AFSPC-4 mission. Photo Credit: ULA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance (ULA ) is preparing to launch a Delta IV Medium+ (4.2 ) rocket with two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites along with the Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS) satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37 (SLC-37 ) in Florida. Dubbed, AFSPC-4, […]

Bruce McCandless visits Kennedy Space Center to celebrate Apollo mission

NASA Astronaut Bruce McCandless visit Kennedy Space Center to discuss his role in the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Photo Credit: Spaceflight Insider

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Bruce McCandless II was on site at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex for the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. McCandless served as Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) for the first lunar spacewalk.

Photo Feature: Two for Two – Orb-2 on Orbital’s Antares & Orbcomm OG2 on SpaceX’s Falcon 9

This past week Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares and SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket took to the skies. Photo Credit: Carleton Bailie (left) Elliot Severn (right) / SpaceFlight Insider

The public has gained the misperception that since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011 that the U.S. is currently out of the spaceflight business. This past week proved that perception is oh, so wrong. On Sunday, July 13 Orbital Sciences Corporation’s (Orbital ) Antares booster thundered out of Earth’s atmosphere on a pillar […]

Apollo 11: Fact and Fiction

There are a number of myths surrounding the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Photo Credit: Neil Armstrong / NASA

Forty-five years ago today, the tiny lunar module “Eagle” set down gently—too gently, actually—on the surface of the Moon, and mankind has never been the same since. We now live in a world in which man has walked on another world. After four decades, we have yet to come to terms with the magnitude of […]

NASA ready for ‘hotfire’ testing on modified RS-25 rocket engine for SLS

An RS-25 awaits testing at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Photo Credit: NASA

Engineers at NASA’s Stennis Space Center installed an RS-25 rocket engine at the facilities A-1 Test Stand this week, and are ready to begin a series of developmental tests on what should be the main power source for NASA’s deep-space launch vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS ).

Our Spaceflight Heritage: The first steps of Apollo 11

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is photographed by Neil Armstrong during an EVA on the Moon. Photo Credit: Neil Armstrong / NASA

July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to ever walk on the moon, cementing America’s lead in the 1960s space race. The purpose of the Apollo 11 mission was to perform a manned lunar landing, fulfilling President John F. Kennedy’s goal of: “We shall go to the moon in […]

U.S Representatives raise questions regarding NASA’s contracts with SpaceX

Photo Credit: NASA

On July 16, U.S. Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO), and Cory Gardner (R-CO), sent a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden expressing reservations over, what the letter refers to as an, “epidemic” of anomalies relating to launch vehicles and spacecraft SpaceX has produced as part of NASA’s commercial crew and cargo efforts. These partnerships are designed to ferry supplies and […]

New Horizons mission less than one year from Pluto

NASA's New Horizons missions to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt is less than one year away from its primary target. Image Credit: NASA

July 14 marked exactly one year until the New Horizons mission will conduct  the Pluto system, inaugurating the “Year of Pluto.” At a two-day quarterly Science Team Meeting, held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, MD, mission staff celebrated with a “P Minus One” reception on Tuesday evening.

Soyuz 2-1A successfully launches Foton M4 into orbit

A Russian Soyuz 2-1A launches from Baikonru Cosmodrome, carrying the Foton-M 4 into orbit. Photo Credit: Roscosmos posted on SpaceFlight Insider

A Russian Soyuz 2-1A rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrone at the very opening of a launch window at 4:50 p.m. EDT (2050 GMT) with the fourth Foton M spacecraft. The Foton M-4 carried aloft an array of biological and other experiments. It will now remain on orbit for several weeks before returning to […]

Space Florida prepares as SpaceX plans partial move to Texas

Photo Credit: Mike Howard / SpaceFlight Insider

Now that they have permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) will likely announce a new launch complex in Brownsville, Texas, in the next week. The plan is to move their commercial missions, like the recent Falcon 9 launch for Orbcomm, to the new facility, leaving Florida officials concerned about the […]

Former NASA astronaut Hank Hartsfield dies from complications following surgery

Former NASA astronaut and Shuttle Commander Henry "Hank" Hartsfield dies from complications following recent back surgery. Photo Credit: NASA/JSC

Spaceflight Insider has received a report from former shuttle astronaut Mike Mullane, USAF Colonel (ret.) that fellow former NASA astronaut Hank Hartsfield has passed away from complications following a recent back surgery. Hartsfield served as Mullane’s mission Commander on STS-41D. Hartsfield was known as a quiet, highly-skilled pilot who helped prepare fellow astronauts for their […]

NASA seeks proposals for Europa mission’s science instruments

Europa may be the best place in the solar system to look for environments where life could exist. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Ted Stryk

NASA recently issued an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for proposals regarding  science instruments that could be flown aboard a future mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa. The selected instruments could potentially answer important questions about the icy moon and help guide the search for life beyond Earth.

SS Janice Voss Cygnus arrives at International Space Station

SS Janice Voss arrives at the ISS after launching from Wallops Flight Facility on Sunday July 13. Photo Credit: NASA

After lifting off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Sunday July 13, an Orbital Sciences Corp., Cygnus spacecraft, dubbed the ‘SS Janice Voss’, was successfully berthed to the International Space Station (ISS) Wednesday July 16 at approximately 8:36 am EDT (1236 GMT).  The unmanned vehicle was grappled by the station’s robotic arm at 6:36 am EDT (1036 […]

Our Spaceflight Heritage: The Journey Begins

The Apollo 11 Saturn V lifts off of Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A at 9:32 a.m. EDT on July 16, 1969. Image Credit: NASA

Forty-five years ago today, on July 16, 1969, three astronauts were launched aboard a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch of Apollo 11 was the start of NASA’s first attempt to land men on the Moon. It would mark the beginning of a brief period in time, when humanity walked on […]

Rosetta discovers target comet – is actually two comets in one

New images show that Rosetta's target comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, has a nucleus consisting of two components.

The European Space Agency (ESA ) spacecraft Rosetta is rapidly closing on its target – comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko – at the start of what promises to be one of the most exciting space exploration missions of the year. Space exploration, like life – is what happens while you are making other plans. Three weeks before Rosetta is […]

DARPA announces Phase 1 participants for development of XS-1 experimental spaceplane

Artist's illustration of the XS-1 spaceplane returning from a mission. Image Credit: Boeing / DARPA

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has announced that it has started Phase 1 in the development in their XS-1 experimental spaceplane. DARPA has issued contracts to three aerospace corporations to develop this vehicle, which in turn might lower the cost of delivering payloads to orbit on behalf of the U.S. government.

Astronauts Ham and Zamka selected by Bigelow

Bigelow Aerospace plans to launch an inflatable space station. Astronauts Kenneth Ham and George Zamka are the company's first astronaut recruits for the new commercial station. Image Credit: Bigelow Aerospace

Bigelow Aerospace, which has launched several unmanned inflatable modules into orbit – and now plans to construct a private space station beginning in 2017, has now hired former NASA astronauts Kenneth Ham and George Zamka, according to Dan Leone of Space News.