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  • One night – three launches at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

    Jason RhianFebruary 24th, 2015

    Three Terrier-Oriole suborbital “sounding” rockets were successfully launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, located in Virginia on Tuesday Feb. 24, 2015. The flights had been scheduled to take place on Monday, Feb. 23, and were conducted on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD). Those handling the flight had a four hour window in which to get […]

  • Three Terrier-Oriole rocket launches delayed

    Jason RhianFebruary 22nd, 2015

    Three launches of Terrier-Oriole suborbital “sounding” rockets have been postponed from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, located in Virginia. The flights had been scheduled to take place on Monday, Feb. 23, and are being carried out on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD). The 24-hour delay has pushed the flights back to no-earlier-than Feb. 24 […]

  • U.S. Air Force and SpaceX agree on EELV settlement

    Jason RhianJanuary 23rd, 2015

    Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX ) long wait for a decision as to whether-or-not the company’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket can carry out missions on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program – might be drawing to a close. Announced on Jan. 23, 2015 the agreement will see the Hawthorne, California-based firm […]

  • Sierra Nevada Corporation wins contract to develop U.S. DoD satellite

    Jason RhianOctober 17th, 2014

    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has been selected to develop and build a satellite which will carry four scientific payloads to low-Earth-orbit, allowing the Department of Defense (DoD ) to better understand the space environment and support national security space systems developed in the future.

  • Boeing to build Intelsat 35e EpicNG Satellite

    Press ReleaseJuly 9th, 2014

    Boeing will build the Intelsat 35e Epic Next Generation satellite for Intelsat, the world’s leading provider of global satellite services and Boeing’s largest commercial satellite customer. This also marks Intelsat’s ninth order for a satellite based on Boeing’s 702MP (medium power) platform.

  • Boeing GPS IIF completes on-orbit checkout

    Press ReleaseJune 27th, 2014

    With on-orbit checkout and validation of the sixth Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite, Boeing has reached the halfway mark in delivering the current series of satellites to the U.S. Air Force, which operates the GPS constellation.

  • Lockheed wins contract to track space trash

    Josh TallisJune 4th, 2014

    The Department of Defense announced this week it was awarding nearly one billion dollars to build Space Fence, a space surveillance network designed to track and monitor orbital debris. Lockheed Martin Corp. beat out Raytheon for the $915 million contract.

  • Introducing the 2014 Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees: Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 4th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Rainy weather could not dampen spirits at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center during the 2014 Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductions. Yesterday, a crowd gathered underneath the Space Shuttle Atlantis to honor two distinguished American Astronauts – Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross. If you have had the opportunity to visit the Space Shuttle […]

  • NASA, JAXA announce global precipitation satellite launch date

    Jason RhianDecember 27th, 2013

    With weather and environmental concerns foremost in mind, NASA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have announced that on Thursday February 27, between 1:07 p.m. to 3:07 p.m. EST (3:07 a.m. to 5:07 a.m. JST Friday, Feb. 28) they will launch the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory satellite. Launch will take place from JAXA’s Tanegashima Space Center […]