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News Archive / Tagged: The Range

  • Northrop Grumman becomes 1st commercial tenant of NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building

    Mike HowardAugust 17th, 2019

    Northrop Grumman became the first commercial tenant of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in High Bay 2.

  • Curiosity rover marks seven years of Martian exploration

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 9th, 2019

    Seven years after successfully completing a difficult landing maneuver onto the floor of Mars' Gale Crater, NASA's Curiosity rover continues to make pioneering discoveries on the Red Planet.

  • 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.

  • ULA preparing for third launch of 2019

    Patrick AttwellAugust 7th, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to conduct its first Atlas V launch in nearly 10 months with the AEHF-5 mission. The flight marks a rare flight for a venerable rocket.

  • 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.

  • Intelsat 39 and EDRS-C launched from French Guiana

    Cullen DesforgesAugust 6th, 2019

    KOUROU, FRENCH GUIANA -- On Aug. 6, 2019 Arianespace’s third Ariane 5 ECA launch of 2019 lifted the VA249 mission off the pad located at Ariane Launch Complex Number 3 (ELA-3) in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Installation of MEDLI2 on Mars 2020 entry vehicle begins

    Jim SharkeyAugust 5th, 2019

    Entry, landing and decent (EDL) is one of the most challenging phases of any Mars mission. Engineers recently began installing hardware on the entry vehicle of NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission that will help increase the safety of future missions to the Red Planet.

  • AMOS-17 flight atop SpaceX Falcon 9 delayed indefinitely

    Jason RhianAugust 4th, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The flight of Spacecom's AMOS-17 telecommunications satellite has been postponed indefinitely according to a tweet posted by the Air Force Space Command on Aug. 3. This delay comes shortly after SpaceX, the launch service provider, had announced an issue with the rocket and the need for additional testing.

  • Suspect valve delays AMOS-17 launch

    Jason RhianAugust 1st, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With several tropical disturbances bearing down on the Sunshine State, an issue with the AMOS-17 Falcon 9 has caused the satellite's launch to be delayed.

  • Spacecom’s faith in SpaceX remains solid in lead up to AMOS-17 launch

    Jason RhianAugust 1st, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FLa. -- SpaceX might be based out of California, but the NewSpace company is making its presence known in Florida. An upcoming flight could serve as a renewal of sorts for a relationship with one of the company's clients.

  • Challenges and triumphs mark TESS’ first year on orbit

    Joe LatrellJuly 30th, 2019

    NASA’S Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) recently celebrated one year of operational status with the discovery of one of the smallest exoplanets found to date. For those working on the project, its discoveries are just a small part of the mission's success.

  • I have the power! Mars 2020 rover completes critical milestone

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 29th, 2019

    With just one year to go before the Mars 2020 rover's scheduled launch, work is commencing on the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) that will serve as the rover's power source.

  • 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.

  • Conference keeps focus on Pluto following New Horizons flyby

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 23rd, 2019

    LAUREL, MD. -- A four-day science conference organized by the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), Universities Space Research Association (USRA), and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL) held July 14-18 focused on findings obtained by the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew by the Pluto system in 2015 and Kuiper Belt Object Ultima Thule in 2019.

  • OneWeb and Airbus open facility for mass production of communication satellites

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 23rd, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- OneWeb Satellites, a joint-venture company started by OneWeb and Airbus in 2016, has opened the first facility that will mass produce communication satellites, with the goal of providing broadband Internet access worldwide.