Larry KlaesMay 30th Fifty years ago, on May 30, 1966, an Atlas LV-3C Centaur-D rocket lifted off from what was called Cape Kennedy's Launch Complex 36A in F...
Tomasz NowakowskiMay 29th Russia successfully launched its newest GLONASS-M spacecraft on Sunday, May 29, in order to replenish the country's homegrown navigation...
Laurel KornfeldMay 29th A team of some two dozen NASA technicians and engineers have successfully installed the package of four science instruments that will ac...
Derek RichardsonMay 28th The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was successfully expanded today, May 28, on board the International Space Station, two day...
Tomasz NowakowskiMay 28th A Soyuz-2.1b rocket is all set to launch the newest satellite for Russia’s homegrown GLObal NAvigation Satellite System (GLONASS). The...
Mike DeepMay 28th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched the Thaicom 8 telecommunications satellite atop a “Full Thrust” Falcon...
Larry KlaesMay 28th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — When one talks of a space race these days, it is no longer just between geopolitical superpowers. Now several U...
Jason RhianMay 28th Orbital ATK and NASA are planning on conducting a static test fire of the Antares 230 rocket's first stage on May 31 at the Mid-Atlantic...
Jim SharkeyMay 27th NASA's Juno spacecraft is poised to arrive and enter into orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016, completing a nearly six-year-long...
Derek RichardsonMay 27th The flight of United Launch Alliance's next Delta IV Heavy, with a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), has been delaye...
Tomasz NowakowskiMay 26th Bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres continue to puzzle researchers. Recently, when a team of astronomers, led by Paolo Molaro of the...
Derek RichardsonMay 26th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX scrubbed the launch of Thaicom 8 atop a Falcon 9 rocket today, May 27, due to what the company founder,...
Tomasz NowakowskiMay 29th Russia successfully launched its newest GLONASS-M spacecraft on Sunday, May 29, in order to replenish the country's homegrown navigation satellite system. The spacecraft took to the skies atop a Soyuz-2.1b rocket at exactly 4:45 a.m. EDT (08:45 GMT) from the Site 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.
Derek RichardsonMay 28th The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was successfully expanded today, May 28, on board the International Space Station, two days after an attempt to inflate the module brought an unexpected pressure increase with little-to-no increase in size.
Tomasz NowakowskiMay 28th A Soyuz-2.1b rocket is all set to launch the newest satellite for Russia’s homegrown GLObal NAvigation Satellite System (GLONASS). The spacecraft will blast off at 4:44 a.m. EDT (08:44 GMT) Sunday, May 29, from the Site 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.
Larry KlaesMay 28th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — When one talks of a space race these days, it is no longer just between geopolitical superpowers. Now several U.S. corporations are in a race to develop and launch their own brands of crewed spacecraft for NASA, hopefully starting as soon as 2018.
Jason RhianMay 28th Orbital ATK and NASA are planning on conducting a static test fire of the Antares 230 rocket's first stage on May 31 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility located in Virginia. The test of the two RD-181 rocket engines in the launch vehicle's first stage will take 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Derek RichardsonMay 27th The flight of United Launch Alliance's next Delta IV Heavy, with a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), has been delayed, according to a May 27 statement on the company's website.
Derek RichardsonMay 26th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX scrubbed the launch of Thaicom 8 atop a Falcon 9 rocket today, May 27, due to what the company founder, Elon Musk, called a "tiny glitch". The company will try again tomorrow (Friday) at the same time—5:40 p.m. EDT (21:40 GMT).
Jason RhianMay 26th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is preparing to launch a "Full Thrust" rocket from Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida. The payload for this flight will be the Thaicom 8 telecommunications satellite produced by Orbital ATK. SFI's live webcast will begin at 5:10 p.m. EDT.
Derek RichardsonMay 26th After preliminary inflation, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was expected to expand to its full volume today. However, because the expansion procedure was taking much longer than planned, the ground teams postponed the remaining process in order to determine the cause of the problem.
Scott JohnsonMay 25th After a two month hiatus, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is ready to resume launches from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) with a Delta IV mission on June 4 from Space Launch Complex (SLC) 37, followed by an Atlas V 551 three weeks later.
Tomasz NowakowskiMay 24th Arianespace has successfully launched a Soyuz ST-B rocket into orbit carrying two navigation satellites for Europe’s Galileo network. Liftoff occurred, as planned, at 4:48 a.m. EDT (8:48 GMT) from the Soyuz Launch Complex (ELS) in Sinnamary, French Guiana.
Tomasz NowakowskiMay 24th The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched on Monday, May 23, its mini 'space shuttle' – the Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) – from the First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, atop an HS9 solid rocket booster.
Larry KlaesMay 23rd The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) planetoid and surface sample return probe is one step closer to the celestial object known as 101955 Bennu with its delivery to Cape Canaveral in Florida on Friday, May 20.
Tomasz NowakowskiMay 22nd A Soyuz ST-B rocket will take to the skies Tuesday, May 24, to orbit a duo of European Galileo navigation satellites. The spacecraft, designated Galileo 13 and 14, are slated to be lifted off at 4:48 a.m. EDT (08:48 GMT) from the Soyuz Launch Complex (ELS) in Sinnamary, French Guiana.
Derek RichardsonMay 21st Another round of CubeSats, including eight Planet Lab Dove Satellites, were deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) by the Expedition 47 crew. A total of 17 tiny spacecraft were deployed from NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD) at the end of the Japanese Remote Manipulator System.
Larry KlaesMay 21st Orbital ATK unveiled a proposal for the creation of a four-person lunar orbit habitat which could be sent to the Moon as early as 2020. The outpost would utilize a modified version of the company’s Cygnus cargo ship as well as NASA’s Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.
Derek RichardsonMay 20th Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $5 million contract for phase one of the U.S. Air Force’s procurement process for future GPS III satellites. Over the course of the next 26 months, the company will demonstrate the value of a modular design for the positioning constellation.
Matthew KuhnsMay 19th MARINA DEL REY, Calif. — Under low clouds, ET-94 moved into Marina Del Rey, east of Los Angeles. After moving slowly through the harbor, the barge was tied to the dock around 8 a.m. PDT on May 18. It has been a long and eventful journey from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility.
Derek RichardsonMay 19th A plan to send humans to Martian orbit was outlined by members of Lockheed Martin during the Humans to Mars Summit and, at the same time, the U.S. House of Representatives Space Subcommittee in Washington, DC. The plan calls for a laboratory around the Red Planet to be occupied by six astronauts by 2028.
Derek RichardsonMay 16th The International Space Station (ISS) completed its 100,000th orbit around Earth recently. For the past 17 years, since its first components arrived on orbit, the outpost has been a hub of scientific advancement, international cooperation and fantastic views of our home world.
Fifty years ago, on May 30, 1966, an Atlas LV-3C Centaur-D rocket lifted off from what was called Cape Kennedy's Launch Complex 36A in Florida. Perched atop the launch vehicle was a robotic probe named Surveyor 1.
A team of some two dozen NASA technicians and engineers have successfully installed the package of four science instruments that will accompany the James Webb Space Telescope.
NASA's Juno spacecraft is poised to arrive and enter into orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016, completing a nearly six-year-long voyage. Juno is scheduled to orbit the largest planet in the Solar System for 20 months as it studies Jupiter's atmosphere, interior, and magnetic fields.
Bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres continue to puzzle researchers. Recently, when a team of astronomers, led by Paolo Molaro of the Trieste Astronomical Observatory in Italy, conducted observations of these features, they found out something unexpected: The scientists were surprised to detect that the spots brighten during the day and also show other variations; the variability still remains a mystery.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The U.S. Air Force’s secretive X-37B spaceplane has launched four times since its first flight in 2010; it has only landed three times. The current mission, OTV-4, has been in space for more than a year, having been launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 20, 2015. Little is known as to what the vehicle is doing in orbit.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The rate of Space Exploration Technologies Corp., (SpaceX) launches is set to accelerate with the planned flight of one of the NewSpace firm's Falcon 9 rockets on Thursday, May 26. The Hawthorne, California-based company has one hour and 40 minutes in which to get the rocket and its precious cargo off the pad – and into the sky.
The China National Space Administration (CNSA) presented several slides of the design of its future space station, called Tiangong 3—meaning "Heavenly Palace" in Chinese. The station is expected to be built between 2018 and 2022.
MARINA DEL REY, Calif. — Under the light of a full Moon and followed by a full jazz band, astronauts, dancers, and revelers in full Mardi Gras-style apparel, ET-94 left the dock at Marina Del Rey and started its 16.5-mile (26.5 km) journey to its new home at the California Science Center. Leading the revelry was Lynda Oschin and numerous astronauts proudly wearing their blue flight jackets and mission patches.
At first, the four exoplanets that make up the planetary system Kepler-223 seemed to have little in common with the planets of our solar system. In a recent study, scientists using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope found that the two systems may have had more in common in the distant past.
NASA's New Horizons mission continues to send back valuable information about the Pluto system even as the spacecraft begins taking its first images of a more distant Kuiper Belt Object (KBO).
Jupiter's moon Europa has long been thought to harbor a subsurface ocean of liquid water. Now, a study conducted by a group of scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) suggests that ocean may have a balance of hydrogen and oxygen similar to that found in oceans on Earth.
Although the existence of liquid water on the Red Planet was confirmed by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) last year, the scientific community is gearing up for a more thorough analysis of the topic. This investigation could be provided by NASA's Curiosity rover as it studies the Martian surface from its vantage point in Gale Crater.
A small startup called Cloud Constellation Corporation has announced plans to build a space-based cloud storage network called SpaceBelt.
OTTAWA, Ontario — Today, Navdeep Bains, Canada’s minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced the answer to a longstanding question: which of the two active Canadian astronauts would be next to fly a mission among the stars, performing research and representing Canada’s contribution to the International Space Station.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The work of James Vaughan is as visually stunning as they are historically important, and the thought process that goes behind them is based on both passion and history.
About a week after SpaceX landed its third Falcon 9 first stage on a solid surface—the second on a drone ship at sea—and brought it back to Port Canaveral, the company posted images of the three boosters in the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) at Launch Complex 39A.
The first New Horizons data on the Pluto system's four small moons reveals that outermost moon, Hydra, has a surface composed mostly of pristine water ice. Returned nearly ten months after the spacecraft's historic flyby, the findings came just as the New Horizons team was recognized publicly with several prestigious awards.
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover completed its second Martian year at Gale Crater on Wednesday, May 11. The mission's science team commemorated this important milestone by issuing a weather report of the rover's observations of two full cycles of Martian seasons. Having data on at least two seasonal cycles on Mars helps to distinguish seasonal effects from sporadic events.
The first tests of the Russian next-generation manned spacecraft called “Federation” have just been conducted, according to the vehicle’s manufacturer RKK Energia. The company announced last week that the spacecraft’s man-machine interface elements were successfully examined on a unique ergonomic simulator.