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  • Various issues prompt 24-hour scrub of Atlas V with SBIRS GEO-3

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 19th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It wasn't meant to be. That's what mission teams working to get a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket with its missile-detection satellite off the ground must have been thinking. An instrumentation issue plus a fouled range caused a 24-hour scrub to be called late in the Jan. 19 launch window.

  • San Pedro welcomes SpaceX’s Falcon 9 first stage

    Jason RhianJanuary 18th, 2017

    After a triumphant return-to-flight conducted on Jan. 14, the first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 (1029) rocket began its journey home with its entry into the port at San Pedro, California, on Tuesday, January 17.

  • Next SBIRS missile detection satellite set for launch

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to send the third Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO-3) into space for the U.S. military. The $1.2 billion satellite will be part of a system designed to spot missiles threatening the United States or its allies.

  • The last man on the Moon, Gene Cernan, passes away at 82

    Bart LeahyJanuary 16th, 2017

    Astronaut Eugene "Gene" A. Cernan died today, Jan. 16, 2017, at age 82. He flew into space three times – aboard Gemini IX in 1966, Apollo 10 in 1969, and as commander of Apollo 17 in 1972. While he resented the hiatus in human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit, he is still known by the title noted in his autobiography, “The Last Man on the Moon.”

  • Launch of classified NROL-79 mission delayed

    Jason RhianJanuary 16th, 2017

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced on Monday, Jan. 16, that the launch date of the Atlas V 401 rocket with the NROL-79 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office had fallen under review. ULA will use this additional time to ensure the rocket will perform normally.

  • Smallest orbital-class rocket launch ends in failure

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 14th, 2017

    Launching out of Japan’s Uchinoura Space Center at 8:33 a.m. Japan Standard Time Jan. 15 (23:33 GMT Jan. 14), 2017, was a rocket poised to be the smallest and lightest to ever send a payload into orbit. However, telemetry for the fin-stabilized sounding rocket, called SS-520-4, was lost after the first stage finished its 31-second burn.

  • SpaceX’s Falcon 9 soars skyward with 10 Iridium NEXT satellites

    Curt GodwinJanuary 14th, 2017

    After a nearly week-long delay due to weather and range conflicts, SpaceX successfully launched 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO), marking the Falcon 9's first flight since the Sept. 1, 2016, AMOS-6 pad incident. As an added bonus, the first stage of the rocket successfully landed downrange on a drone ship.

  • PCM for OA-7 mission arrives at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

    Jason RhianJanuary 13th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Orbital ATK's next Cygnus spacecraft, tapped to carry out the OA-7 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, has arrived at the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  • SpaceX poised to return Falcon 9 to flight Saturday

    Curt GodwinJanuary 12th, 2017

    With FAA approval secured and a hold-down firing of the first stage conducted, SpaceX is continuing to move forward with preparations for the return to flight of its Falcon 9 rocket. Liftoff is currently scheduled for 10:22 a.m. PST (1:22 p.m. EST / 18:22 GMT) Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at SLC-4E on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 RTF postponed to Jan. 14

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 8th, 2017

    The return to flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will have to wait another week. According to a report appearing in NoozHawk, industry sources say the company is now working toward a launch at 9:54 a.m. PST (12:54 p.m. EST / 17:54 GMT) Jan. 14, 2017. This has been confirmed by the customer, Iridium Communications, on Twitter.

  • Chinese Long March 3B launches technology demonstrator

    Jason RhianJanuary 5th, 2017

    The China National Space Administration (CNSA) sent one of its Long March 3B launch vehicles aloft with the second Tongxin Jishu Shiyan (TJS) satellite to orbit.

  • Source: RTF for Falcon 9 slips to Monday Jan. 9

    Jason RhianJanuary 5th, 2017

    The return to flight for SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has slipped to no-earlier-than Monday, Jan. 9. This is according to a report appearing on NoozHawk. The report also revealed that while the NewSpace firm might be considering the date for launch, it has not received approval to do so from the FAA.

  • Boeing’s T-X prototype takes flight

    Collin SkocikJanuary 5th, 2017

    NASA’s famous T-38 trainer, which has been flown by astronauts for fifty years, is being replaced. Boeing’s T-X made its first flight on Tuesday, Dec. 20. It heralds what could be a new age in training aircraft for NASA.

  • NASA announces new mission to study black holes, stellar remnants

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 5th, 2017

    NASA's Astrophysics Explorers Program has announced that it is funding a mission to study black holes, neutron stars, and pulsars by measuring the high-energy X-ray radiation surrounding them.

  • SpaceX eyeing Jan. 8 for Falcon 9 return-to-flight

    Bart LeahyJanuary 2nd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX announced on their blog that they could return the Falcon 9 rocket to service as early as Jan. 8, 2017. This would be the first flight of a Falcon 9 since another F9 exploded on Sept. 1, 2016. The upcoming flight will send the Iridium Communications NEXT 1-10 satellite constellation to orbit and launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base's SLC-4E.