Spaceflight Insider

  • Lockheed Martin submits proposal for US Air Force’s GPS IIIF program

    Jim SharkeyApril 23rd Lockheed Martin has submitted a proposal for the U.S. Air Force's GPS III Follow On (GPS IIIF) program, which would add new capabilities to new GPS satellites. Up to 22 next-generation spacecraft are expected to be produced under this program.

  • VIDEO: NEOWISE asteroid survey data released

    Laurel KornfeldApril 22nd Data collected over four years by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) has been publicly released by the mission team, accompanied by an animation that includes all asteroids and comets detected over the mission's duration.

  • University of Central Florida planetary scientist highlights CubeSat progress

    Bart LeahyApril 21st ORLANDO, Fla.—Adrienne Dove, a University of Central Florida (UCF) planetary scientist, physicist, and associate professor, capped off the university’s 2018 Distinguished Speaker series with a talk about CubeSats and UCF’s involvement with CubeSat-based science missions.

  • U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame to induct two new members

    Lloyd CampbellApril 20th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame will induct two new astronauts on April 21, 2018. Joining the other 95 astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle Programs will be Space Shuttle astronauts Thomas Jones and Scott Altman.

  • NASA’s exploration goals come into focus with updated road map

    Curt GodwinApril 20th Four months after President Trump directed NASA to return to the Moon, the agency has presented a road map to meet the goals outlined in Space Policy Directive-1. The updated plan shifts focus from the previous "Journey to Mars" campaign back to the Moon, and—eventually—to the Red Planet.

  • Gallery: TESS mission ascends atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    Michael ColeApril 19th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Liftoff of NASA's TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, took place at 6:51 p.m. EDT (22:51 GMT) April 18, 2018. SpaceFlight Insider's Visual Team covered the flight from multiple angles with still and video cameras and captured the mission's start in extreme detail.

  • Jim Bridenstine confirmed as NASA Administrator

    Jason RhianApril 19th Representative Jim Bridenstine, after some 15 months of waiting, has been confirmed as NASA's 13th administrator. The long-delayed approval was made on Thursday, April 19, 2018. The selection of NASA's new leader comes after much political wrangling and controversy.

  • Proton-M launches Blagovest 12L satellite for Russian Aerospace Forces

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 18th The Russian military has expanded its fleet of communications satellites with the launch of the Blagovest 12L spacecraft on Wednesday, April 18.

  • Not quite business time: Rocket Lab delays next Electron launch

    Joe LatrellApril 18th Unusual behavior in a motor controller has prompted the delay of the next flight of Rocket Lab’s Electron launcher. During the wet dress rehearsal for the mission dubbed "It’s Business Time," the pad operations team found the anomaly.

  • IAU approves names for features on Charon

    Laurel KornfeldApril 18th The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has accepted a list of names for features on Pluto's largest moon, Charon, submitted by NASA's New Horizons mission team.

  • The alpha of the OmegA: Orbital ATK’s new rocket gains name

    Jason RhianApril 17th Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK has announced the name of the company's new, large-class rocket: OmegA. This new launch vehicle is meant for the U.S. Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program.

  • SES-12 arrives at Cape Canaveral for launch

    Bart LeahyApril 17th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SES delivered its SES-12 communications satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on April 12. SpaceX's Falcon 9 is being prepped to launch the spacecraft to geosynchronous orbit.

  • NASA’s exploration goals come into focus with updated road map

    Curt GodwinApril 20th Four months after President Trump directed NASA to return to the Moon, the agency has presented a road map to meet the goals outlined in Space Policy Directive-1. The updated plan shifts focus from the previous "Journey to Mars" campaign back to the Moon, and—eventually—to the Red Planet.

  • Jim Bridenstine confirmed as NASA Administrator

    Jason RhianApril 19th Representative Jim Bridenstine, after some 15 months of waiting, has been confirmed as NASA's 13th administrator. The long-delayed approval was made on Thursday, April 19, 2018. The selection of NASA's new leader comes after much political wrangling and controversy.

  • Not quite business time: Rocket Lab delays next Electron launch

    Joe LatrellApril 18th Unusual behavior in a motor controller has prompted the delay of the next flight of Rocket Lab’s Electron launcher. During the wet dress rehearsal for the mission dubbed "It’s Business Time," the pad operations team found the anomaly.

  • The alpha of the OmegA: Orbital ATK’s new rocket gains name

    Jason RhianApril 17th Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK has announced the name of the company's new, large-class rocket: OmegA. This new launch vehicle is meant for the U.S. Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program.

  • Russia to launch Blagovest 12L military comsat April 18

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 17th Russia is in the final stage of preparations to launch its Proton-M rocket with the Blagovest 12L military communications satellite. Liftoff is scheduled to take place at 6:12 p.m. EDT (22:12 GMT) April 18, 2018, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • Launch of exoplanet-hunting TESS satellite delayed to Wednesday

    Derek RichardsonApril 16th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The launch of NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Spacecraft (TESS) has been postponed by at least 48 hours, according to SpaceX. The satellite had been scheduled to launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 6:32 p.m. EDT (22:23 GMT) April 16, 2018.

  • Exoplanet-hunting TESS spacecraft ready for launch

    Michael ColeApril 15th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX are set to launch the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). If everything goes according to plan, the observatory will conduct a two-year mission to survey more than 85 percent of the sky, searching for exoplanets around bright stars in the 300-light-year distance range.

  • ULA notches another successful mission with flight of USAF payloads on AFSPC-11

    Curt GodwinApril 14th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Amidst scattered clouds, United Launch Alliance (ULA) notched its fourth successful flight of 2018. The April 14, 2018, AFSPC-11 mission was a classified one, however, carried out on behalf of the United States Air Force.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch of AFSPC-11 on ULA Atlas V

    Jason RhianApril 14th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket is poised to send the United States Air Force's AFSPC-11 mission with the launch window slated to open at 7:13 p.m. ET. The flight is set to get underway from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41. SpaceFlight Insider's live show is currently scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. ET.

  • Turning it up to 11: Atlas V to launch pair of AFSPC-11 satellites for US Air Force

    Curt GodwinApril 13th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Ground crews are making ready a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket to loft two primary U.S. Air Force payloads into geosynchronous orbit for the Air Force Space Command 11 (AFSPC-11) mission.

  • Parker Solar Probe Arrives in Florida

    Christopher PaulApril 13th NASA's Parker Solar Probe has been delivered to an Astrotech Space Operations-owned facility in Titusville, Florida, to begin final preparations before its launch this summer, the U.S. space agency said.

  • IRNSS-1I navigation satellite launched by Indian PSLV rocket

    Derek RichardsonApril 11th Some two weeks after mysteriously losing contact with the GSAT-6A satellite, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its next spacecraft into orbit, IRNSS-1I, which was launched to support the country’s regional navigation satellite system.

  • NASA taps Jim Green as new chief scientist

    Jason RhianApril 11th NASA has selected the Science Mission Directorate’s Planetary Science Division Director Jim Green as the agency's new chief scientist. The announcement was made on Tuesday, April 10 and will become effective on May 1. 

  • InSight lander nearly ready for journey to Mars

    Derek RichardsonApril 10th LOMPOC, Calif. — NASA’s InSight Mars lander is less than four weeks away from its planned launch to the Red Planet. The spacecraft is currently undergoing final preparations before leaving Earth atop an Atlas V rocket in early May 2018.

  • NASA, Boeing add option for extended Starliner Crew Flight Test

    Derek RichardsonApril 9th With the timeline for the first operational human flights for the Commercial Crew Program gradually slipping to the right and into 2019, Boeing last year proposed adding a third crew member to the first Crew Flight Test of the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station, NASA announced.

  • GSAT-6A satellite remains silent on orbit

    Lloyd CampbellApril 8th The GSAT-6A communications satellite that was launched atop a GSLV Mark II rocket March 29, 2018, has not been heard from since the satellite's Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) completed its second orbit-raising burn, the Indian Space Resource Organisation confirmed on its website.

  • ‘It’s Business Time’: Rocket Lab sets April 20 for next Electron launch

    Heather SmithApril 7th Rocket Lab announced a launch date for the first fully-commercial flight of its Electron rocket. The mission named "It's Business Time" is expected to host payloads for Spire Global and GeoOptics that are built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, according to a news release from the launch service provider.

  • ISRO chairman confident of Chandrayaan-2 success

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 6th India’s Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission, which was recently delayed to October 2018, will end in success, believes the chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

  • VSS Unity conducts first powered flight

    Jason RhianApril 5th The SpaceShip Company, using its VSS Unity spacecraft, successfully completed the vehicle's first supersonic, rocket-powered test flight on Thursday, April 5. Piloted by Mark “Forger” Stucky and Dave Mackay, today's flight marked the first flight since the October 31, 2014 accident that saw the loss of the VSS Enterprise.

  • Companies test spacecraft parachutes as first Commercial Crew flights near

    Collin SkocikApril 5th NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which will employ private contractors to transport astronauts to the International Space Station, has taken a step closer to crewed flights as the two prime contractors conduct the latest round of tests of their spacecraft parachute systems.