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  • ULA set to launch mission for National Reconnaissance Office

    Matt HaskellAugust 26th, 2020

    United Launch Alliance is preparing to launch the NROL-44 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office atop their Delta IV Heavy rocket early Thursday morning. 

  • A busy week planned for the Space Coast, 3 launches in 3 days

    Theresa CrossAugust 25th, 2020

    The countdown is on for three planned launches from Cape Canaveral this week, beginning with an early morning United Launch Alliance flight scheduled for 06:12 GMT (2:21 a.m. EDT), Thursday August 27. Launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 37B, the triple body Delta-lV Heavy rocket (the largest of the Delta lV family) […]

  • SpaceX successfully launches Booster for the sixth time

    Theresa CrossAugust 18th, 2020

    On August 18 at 10:31 a.m. EDT, SpaceX successfully launched the latest batch of 58 corporate satellites from Cape Canaveral Florida, destined to become part of their growing Starlink constellation.

  • Final Kounotori cargo spacecraft leaves ISS

    Derek RichardsonAugust 18th, 2020

    After more than a decade of service, Japan’s final first-generation HTV cargo resupply spacecraft has departed the International Space Station, setting the stage for a new HTV-X vehicle capable of service in low Earth orbit and beyond.

  • SpaceX set to launch its 100th Mission with Starlink and SkySat

    Cullen DesforgesAugust 18th, 2020

    SpaceX is on the cusp of launching its 100th mission, due to loft the eleventh batch of Starlink satellites on Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, atop their Falcon 9 rocket.

  • Fourth GPS satellite arrives safely in Florida

    Cullen DesforgesAugust 10th, 2020

    On July 14, the fourth satellite in the Global Positioning System III (GPS III) system arrived at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, for processing in preparation of its launch in September.

  • Demo-2 Crew Dragon Capsule returns to Space Coast

    Sean CostelloAugust 7th, 2020

    “Endeavour”, the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft which made history as the first commercial vehicle to ferry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, has returned to the Space Coast.

  • SES awards launch contracts to ULA & SpaceX

    Matt HaskellAugust 7th, 2020

    SES has contracted both United Launch Alliance (ULA) and SpaceX to fly its newest four C-band satellites into orbit in 2022.

  • Starship ‘SN5’ takes flight as SpaceX marches forward

    Cullen DesforgesAugust 4th, 2020

    For the second time in just three days, SpaceX has succeeded in showcasing their team’s capabilities and readiness to redefine the future of commercial space travel. Earlier today, August 4, 2020, the company completed a test flight of its Starship prototype vehicle, dubbed SN5, ‘hopping’ to an altitude of 150 meters above its rocket development […]

  • Demo-2 Crew Dragon splashes down after 2-month mission

    Derek RichardsonAugust 2nd, 2020

    After two months aboard the International Space Station, Dragonship Endeavour with its two-person astronaut crew is back on Earth, having splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.

  • Weather being watched ahead of Demo-2 return

    Theresa CrossJuly 31st, 2020

    SpaceX and NASA, in preparation for the upcoming undocking of the DEMO-2 Crew Dragon from the International Space Station, are continuing to monitor weather patterns in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

  • Perseverance rover launches on its journey to explore Mars

    Matt HaskellJuly 30th, 2020

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – At 7:50 a.m. EDT, the ULA Atlas V rocket lifted off on its journey to Mars with NASA’s Perseverance rover, and Ingenuity helicopter.

  • NASA, ULA on the eve of launch of Perseverance Mars rover

    Matt HaskellJuly 29th, 2020

    Years of hard work and preparation have culminated in NASA’s newest Mars rover, Perseverance, sitting  atop its United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral, set to leave Earth as early as 7:50 a.m. EDT (11:50 UTC) Thursday morning.

  • Mars 2020 Flight Readiness Review complete, Launch Readiness Review tomorrow

    Theresa CrossJuly 26th, 2020

    Preparations continue at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for the upcoming Mars 2020 launch, currently scheduled to liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Most recently completed was the Flight Readiness Review, the critical review step which confirmed the readiness of the equipment, teams and resources required […]

  • First GEM 63 solid motors delivered to Cape Canaveral

    Matt HaskellJuly 24th, 2020

    Northrop Grumman has delivered the first 3 of their new 63-inch Graphite Epoxy Motors (GEM 63) rocket motors to Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, in preparation for their first launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.