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  • Gallery: SpaceX’s Dragon clears safety check paving way for crewed missions

    Michael McCabeJanuary 19th, 2020

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Images from the Jan. 19 test of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft which successfully demonstrated the vehicle's ability to pull astronauts away from the rocket in the event of an accident on its way to orbit.

  • Gallery: ULA launches OFT-1 Starliner

    SpaceFlight InsiderDecember 20th, 2019

    While Boeing's Starliner spacecraft might not have made a very good first showing under its first Commercial Crew Program (CCP) flight - United Launch Alliance's Atlas V N422 was a complete success.

  • GALLERY: SpaceX launches JCSAT-18 and Kacific-1

    SpaceFlight InsiderDecember 17th, 2019

    Launching right on time, SpaceX used one of its Falcon 9 rockets to send the JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 satellite to orbit on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 at 7:10 p.m. EST (00:10 UTC on Tuesday). SpaceX sent the Boeing-built satellite on its way to a geostationary transfer orbit. All photos courtesy of SpaceX.

  • GALLERY: Alan Bean makes art – one more time

    Jason RhianNovember 2nd, 2019

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket successfully launched the "Alan Bean" Cygnus spacecraft at 9:59 a.m. EST (13:59 GMT) on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. The NG-12 Cygnus spacecraft and the 8,200 pounds (3,719 kg) worth of crew supplies, cargo, experiments and hardware was launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad-0A in Virginia.

  • Gallery: Flight of GPS III marks final flight of Delta IV Medium

    Jason RhianAugust 22nd, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance carried out the last flight of a Delta IV Medium rocket with the GPS III satellite on Aug. 22, 2019, from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

  • Gallery: ULA completes third flight of 2019

    Jason RhianAugust 8th, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — ULA launched an Atlas V rocket with the AEHF-5 on Thursday, Aug. 8 2019. The early morning flight marked an increasingly rare appearance for the venerable launch vehicle.

  • Gallery: SpaceX completes second flight in less than two weeks with AMOS-17

    Jason RhianAugust 6th, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with the AMOS-17 spacecraft on Tuesday Aug. 6, 2019. The flight helped reiterate the company's ability to rapidly turn around and prepare for the next flight.

  • Gallery: CRS-18 another check in the ‘Win Box’ for SpaceX

    Derek RichardsonJuly 25th, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with the CRS-18 Dragon on the capsule's third flight to the International Space Station on Thursday, July 25. In many ways it marked a repeat performance for the NewSpace company.

  • Gallery: Ascent Abort 2 paves way for Artemis lunar program

    Jason RhianJuly 2nd, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- During a test that lasted about three-minutes, called Ascent Abort-2, a test article of the Orion spacecraft was launched at 7 a.m. EDT (11:00 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 46 in Florida. A modified Northrop Grumman Peacekeeper missile procured through the U.S. Air Force was used to help demonstrate that the capsule's crew abort system wo...

  • Gallery: Falcon Heavy pushes back the night on STP-2 flight

    Jason RhianJune 26th, 2019

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Although STP-2 didn't launch right on time, before the close of Monday's launch window - the job got done. History was seared into every inch of Florida's skies after the Falcon Heavy rocket left the pad at 2:30 a.m. EDT (06:30 GMT) on Tuesday, June 25.

  • Gallery: Northop Grumman tests OmegA first stage

    Derek RichardsonMay 31st, 2019

    PROMONTORY, Utah — In the Blue Spring Hills north of Salt Lake City, Northrop Grumman test fired the first stage of its OmegA rocket.

  • Gallery: SpaceX begins launching its Starlink constellation

    Derek RichardsonMay 24th, 2019

    In the black of night, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink spacecraft to begin its satellite internet mega constellation.

  • Gallery: CRS-17 launch brightens Space Coast skies

    Derek RichardsonMay 4th, 2019

    SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with the CRS-17 Dragon spacecraft perched atop it in the company’s fifth flight of 2019.

  • Gallery: S.S. Roger Chaffee lifts off on flight to ISS

    Jason RhianApril 17th, 2019

    Taking to the skies at the very opening of a five-minute long launch window, Northrop Grumman Corporation's S.S. Roger Chaffee Cygnus cargo freighter leaped into the skies from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad-0A. The mission got underway at 4:46 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

  • Gallery: Stratolaunch arcs across Golden skies

    Jason RhianApril 14th, 2019

    When Howard Hughes took his wooden "Spruce Goose" into the skies it was the first and only time the vehicle lifted off the ground (or ocean as it were). Saturday's flight of the massive Stratolaunch aircraft will likely not encounter the same fate.

  • Gallery: Falcon Heavy with Arabsat-6A – Hard as thunder, light as rain

    Jason RhianApril 11th, 2019

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — One, two, three. Each of these numbers denoted major milestone achieved by SpaceX with the flight of the Arabsat-6A mission on one of the company's Falcon Heavy rockets.

  • Gallery: 2 shuttle astronauts added to Hall of Fame

    Derek RichardsonApril 7th, 2019

    Two veteran Space Shuttle astronauts were added to the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame, joining the nearly 100 already inducted.

  • GALLERY: Delta IV lights up night sky to send WGS-10 into space

    Derek RichardsonMarch 16th, 2019

    In one of its last flights, a Delta IV Medium rocket turned night into day as it raced toward orbit to send a military communications satellite into space.

  • Gallery: Soyuz MS-12 launches into space, docks with ISS

    Derek RichardsonMarch 15th, 2019

    With Soyuz MS-12 safely docked at the International Space Station, Expedition 59 began, bringing the outpost’s crew size back to six.

  • Gallery: 1st Crew Dragon takes flight

    Derek RichardsonMarch 2nd, 2019

    On March 2, 2019, SpaceX launched its first Crew Dragon spacecraft, setting the stage for a docking with the International Space Station 27 hours later.