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  • NOAA: Launch of NASA DSCOVR mission NET Feb. 8

    Jason RhianJanuary 20th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – SpaceFlight Insider has received a report that NASA’s launch of the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR ) mission has slipped to no-earlier-than (NET) Feb. 8, 2015 at 6:10 p.m. EST (2210 GMT). No details have been released as to the cause of the delay. The launch window for the mission is instantaneous. A […]

  • Report: SpaceX launch of NASA’s DSCOVR mission slips to NET Feb. 9 – UPDATE

    Jason RhianJanuary 18th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – SpaceFlight Insider has received a report that NASA’s launch of the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR ) mission has slipped to no-earlier-than (NET) Feb. 9, 2015. No details have been released as to the cause of the delay or at what time that the launch will take place. A SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 […]

  • GPS III and OCX successfully demonstrate key satellite command and control capabilities

    Press ReleaseDecember 29th, 2014

    Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Company successfully completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate new automation capabilities, information assurance and launch readiness of the world’s most powerful and accurate Global Positioning System (GPS), the U.S. Air Force’s next generation GPS III satellite and Operational Control System (OCX).

  • USAF’s X-37B closes out OTV-3 mission with successful Vandenberg landing

    Jason RhianOctober 17th, 2014

    The United States Air Force’s secretive X-37B space plane wrapped up a long-duration orbital mission – one lasting some 674 days today, Oct. 17. The unmanned mini space shuttle touched down at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:24 a.m. PDT (1024 GMT). Built by Boeing, the spacecraft was launched on Dec. 11, 2012 on the third […]

  • Classified U.S. X-37B spaceplane set to land after 22-month mission

    SpaceFlight InsiderOctober 14th, 2014

    One of the two secretive X-37B space planes produced by Boeing and operated by the U.S. Air Force – is poised to make a homecoming – after nearly two years on orbit. Also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), an X-37B plane is scheduled to touch down at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California today, […]

  • GPS IIF-7 satellite begins providing navigational services

    Jason RhianOctober 13th, 2014

    The GPS IIF-7 satellite has completed the checkout phase on orbit and has entered into service with the rest of the Block IIF spacecraft already in orbit. GPS IIF-7 was launched on Aug. 1, 2014 atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA ) Atlas V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex […]

  • Former shuttle hangars will soon host classified X-37B program

    Rae Botsford EndOctober 8th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — NASA has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Air Force’s highly-classified spaceplane program, X-37B, for the use of Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) Bays 1 and 2 at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida to process the X-37B, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) – for launch.

  • AsiaSat 6 launch update

    SpaceFlight InsiderSeptember 4th, 2014

    According to the latest weather update from the United States Air Force and Florida Today, the launch of AsiaSat 6 will be delayed at least one day. The satellite is now predicted to liftoff from Cape Canaveral, no sooner than 12:50 am EDT (04:50 GMT) on Sunday, September 7, 2014. Weather conditions are listed as […]

  • Bruce McCandless, Capcom for Apollo 11, visits Kennedy Space Center, discusses historic mission

    SpaceFlight InsiderJuly 21st, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Bruce McCandless II was on site at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex for the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing this week. McCandless served as Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) for the first lunar spacewalk.

  • U.S Representatives raise questions regarding NASA’s contracts with SpaceX

    Jason RhianJuly 19th, 2014

    On July 16, U.S. Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO), and Cory Gardner (R-CO), sent a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden expressing reservations over, what the letter refers to as an, “epidemic” of anomalies relating to launch vehicles and spacecraft SpaceX has produced as part of NASA’s commercial crew and cargo efforts. These partnerships are designed to ferry supplies and […]

  • Space Florida prepares as SpaceX plans partial move to Texas

    Rae Botsford EndJuly 18th, 2014

    Now that they have permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) will likely announce a new launch complex in Brownsville, Texas, in the next week. The plan is to move their commercial missions, like the recent Falcon 9 launch for Orbcomm, to the new facility, leaving Florida officials concerned about the […]

  • Former NASA astronaut Hank Hartsfield dies from complications following surgery

    SpaceFlight InsiderJuly 17th, 2014

    Spaceflight Insider has received a report from former shuttle astronaut Mike Mullane, USAF Colonel (ret.) that fellow former NASA astronaut Hank Hartsfield has passed away from complications following a recent back surgery. Hartsfield served as Mullane’s mission Commander on STS-41D. Hartsfield was known as a quiet, highly-skilled pilot who helped prepare fellow astronauts for their […]

  • Four O3b satellites successfully launched atop Arianespace Souyz ST-B

    SpaceFlight InsiderJuly 10th, 2014

    At 2:55 PM (18:55 GMT) today, four O3b satellites lifted off from the Kourou Spaceport in French Guiana atop an Arianespace Soyuz ST-B. The mission delivered a new installation of O3b Networks’ space-based constellation of satellites designed to supply internet services and telecommunications with a fiber-optic network. 

  • ULA succcessfully completes CDR to launch Boeing’s CST-100

    SpaceFlight InsiderJuly 9th, 2014

    Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft is one of the contenders competing on NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) and hopes to be selected to help ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). Recently, United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully completed a Critical Design Review (CDR) of the accommodations at Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 41 […]

  • 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.