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News Archive / Tagged: Lead Stories

  • NASA engineers evaluate ECLSS for Commercial Crew missions

    Jose FloresMarch 23rd, 2017

    NASA engineers are hard at work performing evaluations on the life support systems vital to successful flight tests for the Commercial Crew missions as NASA prepares to return human spaceflight to the United States.

  • Technical issues postpone launch of ULA Atlas V with OA-7 mission to ISS

    Jason RhianMarch 22nd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced on Wednesday, March 22, that the seventh flight of a Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station had been postponed.

  • Trump signs NASA Transition Authorization act of 2017

    Derek RichardsonMarch 21st, 2017

    President Donald Trump signed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization act of 2017 into law on March 21, 2017. The bill is the first such act passed by Congress and subsequently signed by the president since 2010.

  • Flight-proven Falcon 9 with SES-10 scheduled for NET March 29

    Derek RichardsonMarch 21st, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s first launch using a recovered Falcon 9 first stage will now take place no earlier than March 29, 2017. The two-day postponement of the SES-10 mission was due to range availability.

  • Arianespace delays launch of Ariane 5 Flight VA236 due to ‘social movement’

    Curt GodwinMarch 20th, 2017

    Arianespace has announced a 24-hour delay, at least, of Flight VA236 due to a "social movement" at The Spaceport in French Guiana. It is not entirely clear what constitutes a "social movement", though there are reports that indicate the workers who are responsible for the rollout of the vehicle to the ELA-3 launch site called for a strike.

  • Arianespace set to launch two telecom satellites in second Ariane 5 mission of 2017

    Curt GodwinMarch 20th, 2017

    Arianespace is gearing up to loft two communication satellites aboard its workhorse Ariane 5 rocket. Flight VA236 is set to launch from the spaceport in French Guiana in a nearly 3-hour launch window opening at 4:31 p.m. EDT (20:31 GMT) on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

  • CRS-10 Dragon unberthed, recovered in Pacific Ocean

    Derek RichardsonMarch 19th, 2017

    The 10th SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to visit the International Space Station (ISS) left the outpost on March 19, 2017, and fell back to Earth. The capsule was recovered off the coast of Baja California.

  • Delta IV launches WGS-9 to expand defense communications

    Bart LeahyMarch 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a number of postponements, and a technical glitch at T-minus 4 minutes, United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket finally got off the ground with the Department of Defense's ninth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite (WGS-9). The after twilight launch took place at 8:18 p.m. EDT March 18 (00:18 GMT March 19), 2017, from Space Launch Complex 37.

  • Japanese Information Gathering Satellite sent into orbit

    Derek RichardsonMarch 17th, 2017

    After a 24-hour delay, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched its H-IIA rocket with the Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) Radar 5 reconnaissance spacecraft. The vehicle soared out of the Tanegashima Space Center at 9:20 p.m. EDT March 16 (01:20 GMT March 17), 2017.

  • ULA to launch WGS-9 comsat to continue updating defense communications

    Bart LeahyMarch 16th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a delay of more than one week, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is preparing to launch the ninth planned Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) spacecraft aboard a Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex (SLC) 37 on March 18, 2017.

  • Expendable Falcon 9 launches indispensable EchoStar 23

    Derek RichardsonMarch 16th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Lighting up the Florida night skies, an expendable SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soared toward space with the EchoStar 23 satellite after lifting off from historic Launch Complex 39A. Liftoff took place at 2 a.m. EDT (06:00 GMT) March 16, 2017, some 25 minutes into a 2.5-hour long window.

  • ULA: OA-7 confirmed for launch on March 24, WGS-9 set for March 18

    Jason RhianMarch 16th, 2017

    ULA and NASA noted on March 15 that the seventh flight of Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft was now confirmed for March 24. Interestingly, ULA has requested the option to launch the day prior on March 23, pending Eastern Range availability. The move of the launch date for OA-7 as well as WGS-9 denotes the packed launch schedule at Florida's Space Coast.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Apollo 11’s Columbia CM preparing for 4 city tour

    Lloyd CampbellMarch 15th, 2017

    The Apollo 11 Command Module, Columbia, is currently being prepared for its first trip in more than 40 years. Having completed its first major trip, a journey to the Moon in 1969, the spacecraft toured the country before being turned over to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in 1971.

  • Zero 2 Infinity launches its first rocket from high-altitude balloon

    Derek RichardsonMarch 14th, 2017

    Zero 2 Infinity, a small startup with an unconventional plan to send small satellites into orbit, has successfully performed its first rocket test flight – from beneath a high-altitude balloon.

  • Weather wins as SpaceX scrubs launch of Falcon 9 with EchoStar 23

    Derek RichardsonMarch 14th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket remained firmly attached to the launch mount as the weather did not want to cooperate. Liftoff was targeted for the beginning of a 2.5-hour long launch window that opened at 1:34 a.m. EDT (05:34 GMT) March 14.