NASA astronaut Mike Massimino retires; takes University position

NASA astronaut Mike Massimino retires after almost two decades of service. Photo Credit: NASA

After two decades of service, and two space shuttle missions, NASA astronaut Mike Massimino has decided to depart from the space agency and accept a position at New York’s Columbia University. Massimino participated in two missions to repair the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and earned the title of first astronaut to tweet in space, laying […]

Launch of Delta IV with AFSPC-4 dedicated to ULA’s Mike Woolley

Mike Woolley conducts a tour of Space Launch Complex 37 in 2011 with the Delta IV that carried the GPS IIF-2 spacecraft to orbit in the background. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / SpaceFlight Insider

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance dedicated yesterday’s AFSPC-4 flight to Michael G. Woolley. Known for his calm and highly-professional demeanor and was with ULA since the company’s inception in 2006. Woolley was a walking encyclopedia of spaceflight knowledge and was incredibly passionate about sharing that story. He was always willing to take the time to explain complex concepts […]

ULA conducts eighth mission of the year with Delta IV flight of AFSPC-4

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium+ 4,2 rocket roars off of Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Tonight's launch was the culmination of a nearly week long saga caused by a bout of severe weather in the area. The AFSPC-4 payload successfully lifted off at 7:28 p.m. EDT (2328 GMT). Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / SpaceFlight Insider

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — A United Launch Alliance (ULA ) Delta IV Medium+ 4,2 rocket announced its presence to the surrounding marshlands on Monday, July 28 at 7:28p.m. EDT (2328 GMT). Carried aloft on this flight were three satellites under the banner of AFSPC-4. Liftoff took place at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch […]

ESA’s heaviest spacecraft – Arianespace’s ATV-5 – set to launch to ISS

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Arianespace, on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA ), is planning to send up its fifth, and final, Automated Transfer Vehicle, ATV-5, to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday evening at precisely 8:44:03 p.m. GFT (23:44:03 GMT, 7:44:03 p.m. EDT) from Guiana Space Centre ELA-3 located in Kourou, French Guiana.

Orion launch abort system rotated to vertical position

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The completed launch abort system for Orion’s first launch in December was rotated into a vertical position on July 25, making room in the facility for the scaffolding that will allow it to be stacked on top of Orion’s crew and service modules this fall.

SpaceX to land Falcon 9 on barge?

SpaceX COO and President Gwynne Shotwell. Photo Credit: Michael Seeley / SpaceFlight Insider

Blogger Rand Simberg has tweeted that during a conversation he had with Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX ) Chief Operating Officer and President Gwynne Shotwell, that the Hawthorne, California-based company will conduct their next landing attempt on a barge. Unconfirmed reports have it that the next few flights of the uprated Falcon 9 v1.1 would fly […]

SpaceFlight Insider Exclusive: Author David Hitt Talks Outward Odyssey’s ‘Bold They Rise’

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SpaceFlight Insider reviewed the recently-released University of Nebraska Press’ book Bold They Rise. The latest edition of the Outward Odyssey series, does an about face from the last volume in the line, Wheels Stop. Whereas Wheels Stop detailed the latter half of the space shuttle era (1986-2011) – Bold They Rise covers the missions and […]

OPINION: Fund NASA or shut it down

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A recently-issued audit by the Government Accountability Office or “GAO” detailed how NASA lacks the funding to fly the Space Launch System (SLS ) by its scheduled launch date in December of 2017. This is only the latest delay for the successor to the space shuttle, originally ordered by President George W. Bush to fly no later than […]

ULA’s ‘Groundhog Day’ continues with third weather scrub for AFSPC-4 Delta launch

Photo Credit: Michael Seeley / SpaceFlight Insider

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – In a near repeat of the launch attempts of July 24 and 25, severe storms at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37 in Florida caused a scrub for the day to be declared at 7:06 p.m. EDT (2306 GMT). Much as on the two prior attempts, torrential rain, […]

Third time not the charm for ULA Delta IV with AFSPC-4

The skies above Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 37 on July 25, 2014. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / SpaceFlight Insider

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — For the third day in a row Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA ) was unable to send one of the company’s Delta IV Medium+ 4,2 rockets off of the launch pad and into the sky. As with the July 24 scrub, severe weather was the culprit. A severe thunderstorm developed out of […]

Audit finds NASA unable to meet SLS flight schedule

The Government Accountability Office or "GAO" has issued a report stating that NASA lacks adequate funding to conduct the first flight of the Space Launch System heavy-lift booster in 2017. Image Credit: Boeing / Beyond Earth

The Government Accountability Office (GAO ) has issued a report saying that NASA has insufficient funds to meet its 2017 test flight of the Space Launch System (SLS), the rocket program designed to replace the space shuttle and send American astronauts beyond low-Earth-orbit for the first time since 1972.

Launch of ULA Delta IV Medium+ 4,2 with AFSPC-4 scrubbed due to weather

Weather conditions at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station deteriorated rapidly on July 24, causing a violation of launch constraints and an eventual scrub. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / SpaceFlight Insider

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — After the United Launch Alliance (ULA ) team had corrected a problem with ground support equipment on the preceding day, storm clouds rolled into the area surrounding Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37 in Florida and caused a second delay for the flight. With a 65-minute launch window […]

Progress M-24M launches to International Space Station with cargo and crew supplies

Progress M-24M successfully launches atop a Russian Soyuz-U rocket, on its way to the ISS. Photo Credit: NASA/Roscosmos

Roscosmos launched the uncrewed Progress M-24M cargo vehicle, to the International Space Station (ISS), today, Wednesday July 23. The supply ship blasted off at 5:44 p.m. EDT (July 24, 3:44 a.m. local time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome located in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz-U carrier rocket.

Launch of Delta IV with AFSPC-4 payload scrubbed due to ground support issues

The launch of a ULA Delta IV Medium rocket has been postponed by 24 hours due to ground support issues. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / SpaceFlight Insider

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – The launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA ) Delta IV Medium+ 4,2 carrying the AFSPC-4 mission was scrubbed today due to problems with the ground support equipment environmental control system that are used to support the launch vehicle prior to liftoff.

Titan sea could be as ‘salty’ as the Dead Sea

Scientists discovered that Titan's icy shell which covers a very 'salty' ocean has varying thickness -- indicating it is becoming more rigid. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI/Univ. of Arizona/G. Mitri/Univ. of Nantes

Recent data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft indicates the ocean inside the large moon, Titan, could be as salty as the Dead Sea here on Earth. Scientists collected gravity and topography data during Cassini’s various flybys of Titan over the past decade and were able to present a model structure of the moon, yielding a better […]

Our Spaceflight Heritage: STS-93, Chandra, Collins and Columbia’s challenge

Space shuttle Columbia delivered the Chandra Space Telescope to orbit on STS-93. Photo Credit: NASA

On July 23, 1999 at 12:31 a.m. EDT (0431 GMT), astronaut Eileen Collins became the first female space shuttle commander, leading the STS-93 crew to successfully deploy the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The mission began aboard space shuttle Columbia along with Jeffrey S. Ashby as pilot and Steven A. Hawley, Catherine “Cady” G. Coleman, and Michel […]

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

United Launch Alliance is preparing to launch one of its Delta IV Medium+ 4,2 rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37 in Florida. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / SpaceFlight Insider

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, […]