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  • Rokot sends Europe’s Sentinel-3B Earth-observing satellite to orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 25th, 2018

    A Russian Rokot booster took to the skies April 25, 2018, on a mission to orbit Sentinel-3B, the latest satellite for Europe’s Copernicus Earth-observation program. Liftoff took place at 1:57 p.m. EDT (17:57 GMT) from Site 133/3 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

  • Bridenstine sworn in as NASA administrator

    Bart LeahyApril 24th, 2018

    Former congressman Jim Bridenstine was sworn in as NASA's 13th administrator by Vice President Mike Pence. In keeping with the Trump administration’s goals, Pence identified Bridenstine’s role as one of leading the agency toward ushering an era of renewed American leadership in space.

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

    Curt GodwinApril 20th, 2018

    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, 2018

    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.

  • NASA’s planet-hunting TESS launched by SpaceX Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonApril 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On a mission to search for planets outside of the Solar System, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) was launched into space atop a Falcon 9 rocket on the first leg of the spacecraft's multi-month journey to its final orbit high above Earth.

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

    Joe LatrellApril 18th, 2018

    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, 2018

    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, 2018

    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, 2018

    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, 2018

    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, 2018

    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, 2018

    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, 2018

    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, 2018

    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, 2018

    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.