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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 ).
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 (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.
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.