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  • First flight: Orion stacked in preparation for EFT-1 mission

    Jim SharkeyJune 11th, 2014

    ith just six more months to go until its first flight into space, the Orion spacecraft is taking shape at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Orion’s first test flight, called Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), is currently scheduled to launch in December atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA )Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force […]

  • Heat shield added to Orion’s crew capsule in preparation for test flight

    SpaceFlight InsiderJune 2nd, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Crews at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) have achieved an important milestone by successfully attaching the world’s largest heat shied to the Orion Crew Capsule. Spanning 16.5 feet in diameter, the heat shield is composed of a single, seamless piece of Avcoat ablator designed to protect crews from temperatures up to […]

  • Orion service module back on track for 2017 launch

    Paul Scott AndersonMay 29th, 2014

    After some delays, the European-built service module for the new Orion crew-transport vehicle is now back on track and should be ready for a test launch of Orion in late 2017. “The preliminary design review for the service module has been successfully concluded and that is a key milestone in the consolidation of the schedule,” […]

  • Perseverance & Performance: Photo feature for launch of ULA Delta IV Medium+ 4,2 with GPS IIF-6

    Jason RhianMay 19th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – Covering the space program forces one to deal with the dichotomous world that is aerospace. Dark and light, good and bad, wet and dry… Yeah, that last one might seem odd – but it is very relevant given the past few days. The great thing about launches of Delta IVs – […]

  • ULA’s Delta IV rocket delivers GPS IIF-6 to orbit

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 17th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — At 8:03 p.m. EDT (003 GMT) United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Delta IV rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37. Tonight’s launch is the second delivered into orbit and marked the sixth of twelve scheduled block IIF-6 launches. The Delta IV Medium +(4,2) was originally slated […]

  • ULA Delta IV launch with GPS IIF-6 scrubbed due to weather, rescheduled for Friday

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 15th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Due to turbulent weather conditions, United Launch Alliance (ULA) will have to wait 24 hours before the next window opens to launch the United States Air Force’s GPS IIF-6 satellite aboard a Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) rocket. Liftoff was slated to take place at 8:08 p.m. EDT (0008 GMT) from Space Launch Complex […]

  • ULA set to launch Delta IV Carrying GPS IIF-6

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 14th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) is set to launch the GPS IIF-6 satellite into orbit on May 15, 2014. This launch will mark the 6th of 12 Block IIF  satellites to launch and the second delivered to orbit so far in 2014, with a third to follow later […]

  • SpaceFlight Insider hosts “Tweet Chat” with Kent Rominger today at 2 p.m. EDT

    Jason RhianMay 8th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — If you have ever wanted to chat with an astronaut and an aerospace expert – SpaceFlight Insider is working to open the doors to provide you with just such an opportunity. At 2 p.m. EDT on May 8 we will be hosting a “Tweet Chat” with former space shuttle astronaut Kent […]

  • Team ARES wins NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge for Orion’s first flight

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 3rd, 2014

    Over the past year, teams from high schools all across the country have been competing in NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge (EDC) to research and design devices to help protect our astronauts from the dangers of space radiation. The EDC was developed in order to help engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as […]

  • Orion powers through integrated systems tests

    Jim SharkeyApril 15th, 2014

    NASA’s Orion spacecraft has completed critical testing of its integrated systems in preparation for its first test flight later this year. The flight test, designated Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) will launch the spacecraft more that 3,600 miles from Earth where it will complete two orbits before making a high-energy re-entry at 20,000 miles per hour.

  • Boeing hands over control of GPS IIF-5 to U.S. Air Force

    James TuttenApril 10th, 2014

    The Boeing Company has finalized the deployment of the GPS IIF-5 satellite to the U.S. Air Force. With the ongoing mission to increase the accuracy and dependability of the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS); Boeing continues to build on their technological legacy in space, stretching back to the origins of the GPS program in 1974.

  • Boosters for NASA’s EFT-1 mission readied for flight

    Jason RhianMarch 17th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla – Two of the three Common Core Boosters (CBC) which will form the Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry NASA’s next-generation crewed spacecraft, Orion, to orbit have arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA and United Launch Alliance (ULA), the supplier of the Delta IV family of rockets, are […]

  • NASA’s EFT-1 mission slips to December

    Jason RhianMarch 14th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The first flight of NASA’s next-generation deep space exploration spacecraft, the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle – will have to wait a while longer before hitching a ride to orbit. Sources are reporting that the busy 2014 launch manifest at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station has caused the launch of Orion to […]

  • Two Delta IV Heavy boosters arrive at CCAFS in leadup to NASA’s EFT-1 mission

    Scott JohnsonMarch 8th, 2014

    On Tuesday, March 4, two Delta IV Common Booster Cores (CBC’s) arrived  at Port Canaveral aboard United Launch Alliance’s (ULA’s) Delta Mariner barge. The barge previously departed ULA’s Decatur, Alabama, manufacturing facility on  Sunday, Feb. 23, and traveled along the Tennessee, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers prior to entering the Gulf of Mexico, rounding the Florida peninsula, and […]

  • NASA’s commercial partners make strides toward launching astronauts

    Collin SkocikMarch 2nd, 2014

    With escalating tensions in the Ukraine damaging U.S.-Russian relations and possibly jeopardizing American access to the International Space Station (ISS), recent accomplishments suggest NASA’s dependence on Soyuz-access to the ISS might be drawing to a close. NASA’s private partners under the space agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) have made steady progress toward being able to send astronauts to […]