CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space Explorations Technologies (SpaceX) is preparing to launch its fourth commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on September 20 at 2:14 a.m. EDT (0615 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40). Currently the weather forecast for Saturday’s launch lists conditions as 50 percent favorable for liftoff, with the […]
During a Monday, Sept. 15 tour of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s facilities in Dulles, Va., the company highlighted the progress they have made in carrying out the next flights under the $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract the firm has with NASA. Under the contract, Orbital is required is to send up to 44,000 pounds of […]
It has been a long process, but California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) might soon be certified for military launches, according to the head of U.S. Air Force Space Command Gen. John Hyten. At the Air Force Association’s Air and Space conference on Tuesday, September 16, Hyten said, “Like every American, I love competition. I love entrepreneurs […]
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The biggest NASA mission of the year is about three months away from lifting off. SpaceFlight Insider conducted an exclusive interview with the company which is at the forefront of making it happen. Colorado-based United Launch Alliance’s (ULA ) Director of East Coast Launch Operations, Tony Taliancich, sat down with SpaceFlight Insider for […]
On September 18, 1959, the Vanguard 3 satellite was launched on a Vanguard rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 18 (LC-18) in Florida. The United States Department of the Navy successfully launched the third of eleven Vanguard satellites from the Eastern Test Range into geocentric orbit.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A press conference was held at NASA headquarters today to discuss the status of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft as it prepares to enter Mars’ orbit. After completing a 10-month journey and traversing over 442 million miles, the craft is set for orbital insertion on September 21 at 9:50 […]
CENENNIAL, Colo. and KENT, Wash. — Today United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Blue Origin, LLC announced an agreement between the two companies to jointly fund the development of Blue Origin’s new BE-4 rocket engine. Blue Origin, LLC is a privately-funded aerospace company owned by Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com owner, and this collaboration will permit ULA to […]
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – United Launch Alliance (ULA ) successfully sent one of the Colorado-based firm’s Atlas V 401 rockets into orbit with the CLIO satellite today, Tuesday, Sept. 16. The CLIO spacecraft was built by Lockheed Martin for an unknown agency of the United Sates government. Liftoff took place at Cape Canaveral Air Force […]
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla – Today, NASA took its next giant leap towards launching humans from U.S. soil. In a press conference, NASA administrator Charlie Bolden, Kennedy Space Center Director, Bob Cabana, and Commercial Crew Program Manager Kathy Lueders announced both Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will be awarded contracts to build vehicles responsible for ferrying […]
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS – On September 12, SpaceFlight Insider spent the afternoon at south Mississippi’s John C. Stennis Space Center – NASA’s primary engine test facility – and received an update on preparations being made at the Center for testing of the space agency’s new heavy-lift vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS).
PARIS, France — On August 27, we reported that the European Space Agency (ESA) narrowed down Philae’s potential landing sites to five locations. This morning, ESA announced the primary landing site as well as one backup site during a press conference. On November 11, the lander is scheduled to make history by being the first […]
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS – On September 12, Spaceflight Insider had the opportunity to tour the Aerojet Rocketdyne facilities (Building 9101) located at NASA’s Stennis Space Center (SSC), in south Mississippi, and speak to Rocketdyne’s SSC General Manager, Mike McDaniel, regarding the May 22 2014 failure of an AJ-26 rocket engine during a test for Orbital […]
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla – The Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC ) at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida hosted their first Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Symposium Sept. 10-11. The event was created to help encourage diversity not just in the general world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) but in AFTAC […]
CAPE CANAVERAL, FLa — United Launch Alliance (ULA ) is scheduled to deliver the CLIO satellite atop an Atlas V 401 rocket on Sept 16 from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The two- hour, 26-minute launch window which opens at 5:44 pm EDT (2144 GMT).
Russia’s Proton rockets can compete with American SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicles in terms of commercial launch costs. So says United Rocket and Space Corporation (URSC) Deputy Director-General Pavel Popov. Popov made his statements on Thursday, bringing to light the deepening competition between international launch service providers.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is getting ready to unleash one of the company’s venerable Atlas V 401 rockets. This particular Atlas will launch the CLIO spacecraft to orbit. Atlas will fly in the 401 configuration (that’s rocket scientist speak for a four meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single engine in the […]
We’ve heard it over and over again. “Why are we spending billions of dollars shooting people into space when we have problems right here on Earth?” It’s the oldest and most frequent argument against space flight. Let’s explore the answer. Why are we spending billions of dollars shooting people into space when we have problems […]
After a long, and at times risky two-year journey, the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity has reached the base of the lower slopes of Mount Sharp, the primary destination since its landing back in 2012. Mount Sharp is about the same height as Mount Rainier on Earth and sits in the middle of the expansive Gale […]
ABC News is reporting that space-tourism company Virgin Galactic has announced that the first flight of their commercial space tourism venture – has slipped to next year. Previously, the company’s owner, British billionaire Richard Branson, had given a number of dates as to when the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo duo would begin ferrying paying customers into […]
Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX ) fourth commercial resupply mission (SpX-4 ) is now set to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at 2:16 a.m. EDT (6:16 GMT) on September 20. The Falcon 9 v1.1 will carry its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS). A decision was made to adjust the […]