Trails left by NASA’s fleet of rovers, with the assistance of the Martian winds and dust devils that scour the rust-colored plains of the Red Planet, usually fade with time. When the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity touched down on the surface of Mars, it did so via the innovative “Sky Crane” system. A jet […]
NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD ) is preparing to launch its second saucer-shaped, rocket powered test vehicle into near-space from the Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, in June. The first LDSD test flight was conducted on June 28, 2014. The suborbital flight was considered a success even though the test vehicle’s […]
NASA has announced that it has selected “Option B” for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (more commonly referred to as ARM), meaning that rather than towing an entire asteroid into lunar orbit, it will instead retrieve a boulder from an asteroid and bring it into a distant retrograde lunar orbit. Using Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP), an […]
It’s not every day that two rockets take to the sky. Even rarer is the flight of two of the same family of boosters during that same time frame. Today was just such a day for the Soyuz rocket. In fact, a mere two hours and four minutes after a NASA astronaut and two Russian […]
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — A trio of veteran astronauts are on their way to the International Space Station (ISS) following a picture perfect launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:42 p.m. EDT Friday March 27 (1:42 a.m., March 28 Baikonur time).
On Thursday, March 26, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA ) successfully launched its fifth IGS optical satellite (IGS-Optical 5) atop a H-IIA F28 launch vehicle. The launch occurred at 9:21 p.m. EST on Wednesday (10:21 a.m. JST on Thursday) from the space agency’s Yoshinobu Launch Complex on Tanegashima Island. At the time of launch, Tanegashima […]
The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft is a mission of firsts – first to rendezvous with a comet, first to land on a comet, and now first to detect molecular nitrogen on a comet. The latest data collected at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is providing clues about the temperature environment in which it formed.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – United Launch Alliance (ULA ) has added two more names to the competition to name the company’s new launch system (currently dubbed the Next Generation Launch System or “NGLS”). The two new names, “Vulcan” and”Zeus” join the three earlier names, “Eagle”, “Freedom” and “GalaxyOne.”
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — A United Launch Alliance (ULA ) Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) rocket launched today, Wednesday, March 25, from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 37 (SLC-37). It carried with it the ninth GPS IIF satellite for the U.S. Air Force. Liftoff occurred right on time and at the beginning of an 18-minute window at 2:36 p.m. […]
TALLAHASSEE, Fla — SpaceFlight Insider is at the Florida State Capitol today, Wednesday, March 25, for Florida Space Day. Today’s launch is scheduled to take place at 2:36 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37 and will see the ninth (of twelve planned) Block IIF Global Positioning Satellite sent aloft. […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — SpaceFlight Insider recently reported on the transport of the EFT-1 Orion heat shield to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) for additional inspection, analysis and testing. This past week we had the opportunity to be on-site, at MSFC Building 4705, to take a last look at the heat shield, prior to the […]
Not being selected to proceed under NASA’s Commercial Crew transportation Capability has not slowed the manufacturers of the Dream Chaser space plane down one bit. Sierra Nevada Corporation announced on Tuesday, March 24, that it had entered into an agreement to have an uncrewed version of Dream Chaser land at Ellington Airport’s Spaceport. SNC signed this agreement […]
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA ) is prepping a Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) launch vehicle to ferry the ninth GPS Block IIF satellite to orbit. Liftoff is currently scheduled to take place on Mar. 25 and will have a launch window which will last a total of 18-minute window, which opens at 2:36 p.m. EDT (18:36 GMT). […]
Pay the debts or go into the darkness, that is what the operators of the Vostochny Cosmodrone were told recently, relating to energy bills – and crippling debt. Cutting the power supplies is a serious setback for the project, and it could even be recognized as an act of sabotage when an investment of national […]
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance (ULA ) is preparing to launch a Delta IV Medium+ (4.2) rocket with the ninth Block two GPS satellite (GPSIIF 9) along with the Automated Navigation satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37 (SLC-37 ) in Florida. More commonly referred to as GPSIIF 9, this mission is poised […]
NASA has decided to amend the Space Act Agreement (SAA) that it has with Colorado-based Sierra Nevada Corporation under the space agency’s Commercial Crew integrated Capability (CCiCap ) agreement. This amendment will, in essence, add a milestone under the contract that saw SNC receive an estimated $213 million on Aug. 5, 2012. This will mean […]
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Colorado-based United Launch Alliance initiated a competition to name the company’s new Next Generation Launch System booster on Monday, March 23. The contest allows U.S. citizens to vote on one of three names that have been selected for the rocket which ULA plans to have replace both the Atlas V and […]
The United States’ first dual crew member mission, Gemini 3, lifted off fifty years ago on Tuesday March 23, 1965, at 9:24 a.m. Eastern time from Launch Complex 19 in Cape Canaveral, FL. This was just 5 days after the Soviet Alexei Leonov’s first spacewalk.
The codes AV-073 and AV-080 may not mean much to many, but they mean a whole lot to former astronaut Chris Ferguson and the team of engineers and technicians who will assemble the first Atlas V rocket to launch a crew to the International Space Station. That test and a precursor flight without crew are part of […]
MELBOURNE, Fla — The skies above the Melbourne International Airport roared with the sounds of jet and propeller-driven aircraft this weekend. The show was held from March 21-22 and included the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the F-22 Raptor demonstration team, U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demonstration Team – and an array of other government and civilian organizations.