Where would you land humans on Mars? NASA seeks proposals

Exploration Zone layout considerations

NASA has decided to give science communities a chance to discuss potential landing sites for future crewed missions to Mars. During the Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars to be held Oct. 27-30, 2015, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, TX, NASA will seek proposals for locations where […]

China launches Gaofen-8 Earth-observing satellite

Long March 4B rocket launches Gaofen-8 satellite on June 26, 2015

China conducted a “surprise” launch on Friday, June 26, by sending a high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite Gaofen-8 on a Long March 4B rocket. The launch took place at 2:22 a.m. EDT (6:22 UTC) from the LC9 launch complex at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern China’s Shanxi province.

With loss of SpaceX Dragon – NASA now dependent on Russia, Japan for access to ISS

A SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 encountered an anomaly about two minutes into flight - resulting in the complete loss of the booster and Dragon spacecraft. Photo Credit: Jared Haworth / SpaceFlight Insider

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — With the two companies providing cargo delivery services for NASA to the International Space Station having had their rockets encounter major anomalies in the past year, the agency now has no way, outside of its international partners, to deliver supplies to the orbiting laboratory. This is the unfortunate situation following the June 28, […]

Ongoing Coverage: SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS 7 accident

SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 CRS 7 rocket explosion photo credit Jared Haworth SpaceFlight Insider

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — A SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 encountered an anomaly approximately two minutes 19 seconds into the seventh operational flight to the International Space Station. Liftoff occurred right on time at 10:21 a.m. EDT (14:21 GMT) during the instantaneous launch window (1 second). Everything appeared to be proceeding normally until about the […]

SFI Live: Coverage of the launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the CRS-7 Dragon for NASA

SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40 SLC-40 with Thales Turkamenalem satellite SpaceX photo posted on SpaceFlight Insider

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies, more commonly known as SpaceX – is poised to launch one of the NewSpace firm’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida. SpaceFlight Insider brings you directly to the launch site at the Cape with our exclusive live webcast. […]

‘Forever Remembered’ Memorial opens at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Forever Remembered: Fallen Friends and Heroes exhibit Photo Credit Jared Haworth SpaceFlight Insider

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — They were two of the most traumatic experiences of a program that lasted 30 years. The names Challenger and Columbia will forever be tied to the 14 astronauts who lost their lives on STS-51L and STS-107 – and they will also be forever memorialized by a new exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center […]

Making progress: SpaceX to attempt third try for Falcon 9 platform landing

SpaceX is preparing to conduct the 19th launch of one of their SpaceX Falcon 9 boosters with the CRS-7 mission for NASA. Photo Credit: Michael Seeley / SpaceFlight Insider

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) has a Falcon 9 v1.1 booster at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Florida, ready to fly the seventh operational mission under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract. The spacecraft was set to fly sooner than the current liftoff date/time of June […]

Rosetta detects exposed water ice on comet’s surface

Rosetta_OSIRIS_NAC_comet_67P_20140803_1 European Space Agency image posted on SpaceFlight Insider

Scientists using the high-resolution science camera on board the European Space Agency’s (ESA ) Rosetta spacecraft have identified over a hundred patches of water ice a few meters in size on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerssimenko. A new study which focused on an analysis of the bright patches of exposed ice was recently published in the journal […]

Falcon 9 successfully completes static fire in lead up to CRS-7 Dragon flight

SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 Dragon spacecraft launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40 photo credit Mike Deep SpaceFlight Insider

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) successfully completed a static test fire of their Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket at 4 p.m. EDT (20:00 GMT). The test was conducted in preparation for a planned Sunday, June 28, 10:21 a.m. EDT liftoff. The Falcon 9 is set to hoist a Dragon cargo vessel filled with approximately 4,000 […]

Student experiments launched by NASA’s sounding rocket from Wallops Flight Facility

Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket launches from Wallops Flight Facility on June 25, 2015

Several student experiments were successfully launched by NASA Thursday, June 25, using the agency’s Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket. The liftoff took place at 6 a.m. EDT (10:00 GMT) from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The rocket took the students’ payload to an altitude of 71.4 miles (115 kilometers) and then the payload descended […]

Launch Viewing Guide: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 with SpX-7 Dragon

SpaceX is set to launch one of the company's Falcon 9 v1.1 rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 at 10:21 a.m. EDT (14:21 GMT) on June 28. Here are some of the best locations from which to watch the launch. Photo Credit: Tony Gray / Robert Murray

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) is preparing to launch one of the company’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 at 10:21 a.m. EDT (14:21 GMT) on Sunday, June 28. This particular F9 will launch the seventh operational Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-7) mission to the […]

Aerojet Rocketdyne to provide propulsion subsystems for A2100 satellites

Arabsat 6 HellasSat 4 in orbit above Earth Lockheed Martin image posted on SpaceFlight Insider

At least two of the modernized versions of Lockheed Martin’s A2100 satellites will fly using XR‑5 Hall Effect and MR‑510 Arcjet electric propulsion subsystems. The spacecraft will use these new systems thanks, in part, to a contract awarded to Aerojet Rocketdyne, the manufacturer of these systems. The agreement calls for Aerojet Rocketdyne to deliver flight propulsion subsystems […]

New Horizons images show surface features on Pluto and Charon

Images show the discovery of significant surface details on Pluto’s largest moon, Charon. Credits: NASA / JHUAPL / SRI

As NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft closes in on the Pluto system, its instruments have begun returning images that show surprisingly varied surfaces on both Pluto and one of its moons – Charon. The latest series of images released by the mission team were taken with the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI ) between May 29 and June […]

New Mars colony mission to be crowdfunded

MarsPolar logo image Credit MarsPolar

A new international project aiming to establish humans on a Mars colony – will be crowdfunded. The MarsPolar venture, which plans to create the first settlement on the Red Planet around 2029, is hoping it will be able to raise enough money to cover the costs of the pioneering journey.

NASA’s historic Shuttle Landing Facility enters new era

NASA Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility SLF NASA photo posted on SpaceFlight Insider

For three decades, the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF ) has been a mainstay at Kennedy Space Center. At 15,000 feet (4,572 m) long, it is the 18th longest runway in the world and is also maintains a major place in history as the ending point of the majority of Space Shuttle missions. Up to now, the […]

Russia launches Persona-3 reconnaissance satellite

Launch of Kobalt spacecrat atop Russian Soyuz 2.1b rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrone Roscosmos image posted on SpaceFlight Insider

The Russian Aerospace Defence Forces have successfully launched the third Persona electro-optical reconnaissance satellite, also known as Kvarts (Quartz), on a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket, from site 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome located in northern Russia. The launch took place, today, Tuesday, June 23 at 12:44 p.m. EDT (16:44 GMT).

Ceres continues to thrill scientists with new mysteries

Ceres bright spots NASA Dawn image posted on SpaceFlight Insider

Now that NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is settling into its science mission at Ceres, the mysteries continue to stack up. The bright spots first observed when Dawn was approaching the dwarf planet are becoming even more intriguing as the images become more detailed. The largest bright spot appears to actually have at least eight smaller spots surrounding the […]

Arianespace successfully launches Europe’s Sentinel-2A Earth observation satellite

European Space Agency Arianespace Vega rocket lifts off from Kourou French Guiana with Sentinel 2A satellite ESA image posted on SpaceFlight Insider

European rocket manufacturer Arianespace successfully launched a Vega rocket with its payload of the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2A Earth observation satellite at 9:52 p.m. EDT on 22 June (01:52 GMT on 23 June) from ESA’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite separated from the rocket’s upper stage 54 minutes after lifting off. The mission, designated Flight VV05, […]

Third spacecraft in troubled Persona series to be launched on June 23

Persona satellite being prepared for launch. Photo Credit: vninform.ru

Russian Aerospace Defence Forces plan to launch the newest Persona electro-optical reconnaissance satellite, also known as Kvarts (Quartz), on a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket, on June 23, from site 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz 2-1b configuration with a modernized digital flight control system and upgraded third […]

NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft nears 60,000th orbit

Artist's rendering of Mars Odyssey spacecraft in orbit above the surface of the Red Planet. Image Credit: NASA posted on SpaceFlight Insider

NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft will reach a major milestone on Tuesday, June 23, when it will make its 60,000th orbit of Mars. The orbiter, which is NASA’s longest-operating spacecraft at the Red Planet, arrived in orbit above the flash-frozen world in 2001. The satellite was named Odyssey in honor of Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction novel […]