Monthly Archives: August 2012

SpaceX conduct successful WDR on their latest Falcon 9


Preparations for SpaceX’s debut Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in October are on track, following Friday’s successful Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR). The test…

Astronaut duo complete challenging first post-Shuttle US spacewalk on ISS


Two astronauts have stepped outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday on what is the first US Segment-based spacewalk of the post-Space Shuttle era. American astronaut Suni Williams…

Atlas V launches at the third attempt with RBSP spacecraft


The United Launch Alliance (ULA) finally launched their Atlas V, carrying a pair of NASA spacecraft – called the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) – to study the Van…

ULA to use their experience to build a culture of Atlas V crew safety


With the two of the three Commercial Crew integrated Capability (CCiCap) funding initiatives awarded to vehicles that will ride on the Atlas V rocket, the United Launch Alliance…

XCOR Aerospace’s multi-talented Lynx spaceplane set for KSC


XCOR Aerospace – who are believed to be close to arranging a deal to set up a base at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) – have outlined the…

Neil Armstrong has passed away, but his legacy will live on


The first man to step foot on the Moon, Neil Armstrong has passed away at the age of 82, following complications relating to recent heart surgery. The global…

ASAP discuss plans to deorbit the ISS via the use of two Progress ships


Managers with the International Space Station Program have discussed their End Of Life (EOL) plans for the orbital outpost with NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), citing a…

Russian cosmonaut duo complete a highly successful spacewalk on ISS


Two Russian cosmonauts stepped outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, performing a highly successful Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA), or spacewalk, on the exterior of the Russian Segment…

Sea Launch Zenit-3SL lofts Intelsat 21 to GEO transfer orbit


The Sea Launch company have successfully launched their Zenit-3SL rocket from the Odyssey Launch Platform in the Pacific Ocean. The 6:55am GMT launch lofted the Intelsat 21 telecommunications…

Dream Chaser aims to use Space Shuttle’s legacy to its advantage


The lifting body concept – made famous by the Space Shuttle and now living on with Dream Chaser – will provide NASA with the necessity of diversity, according…

Endeavour and Atlantis bid farewell to each other at KSC


And now Endeavour has the left the building.  At the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), NASA and United Space Alliance (USA) workers backed Space Shuttle Orbiter Endeavour out of…

NASA safety panel now satisfied with SpaceX anomaly resolution team


NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) have gone on record to say they are satisfied with SpaceX’s explanations, relating to their “fast” scrub turnaround for Falcon 9′s May…

Dear Curiosity – In the event of Martian contact, please call the President


President Obama phoned the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team on Monday, congratulating them on their amazing Entry, Landing and Descent (EDL) efforts that resulted in NASA’s Curiosity rover…

NASA’s EFT-1 Orion into 17 months of outfitting at KSC


The Exploration Flight Test Orion (EFT-1) is into its first month of outfitting operations, aimed at turning what is a shell of a structure into a real spaceship….

Russia ready to evolve their veteran launcher via Soyuz 2.1v


The Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, are pushing forward with a “light” version of their veteran Soyuz launch vehicle – known as the Soyuz 2.1v. Manufactured by TsSKB-Progress, the…

Project Morpheus free flight test at the SLF ends in dramatic failure


The experimental lander known as Project Morpheus had a rather dramatic return to Earth on Thursday, crashing on to a specially constructed test site before catching fire and…

USAF Kestrel Eye 1 spacecraft to ride on Falcon 9 in 2013


The US Air Force’s Kestrel Eye 1 Tactical Imaging Spacecraft spacecraft will head uphill in 2013 as a secondary payload on a commercial Falcon 9 launch. Technically classed…

SNC evaluating KSC processing facilities to house the Dream Chaser fleet


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) have stepped up their evaluations into finding a suitable facility to house the Dream Chaser fleet in Florida. With the Kennedy Space Center (KSC)…

Proton-M launch: Telkom-3 and Ekspress-MD2 lost after Briz-M failure


A Russian government Proton-M rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday, carrying two telecommunication satellites. The 19:31 GMT launch of the workhorse of the Russian…

Curiosity makes HISTORIC landing at Gale Crater on Mars


History was made at 1:31am EDT (05:31 UTC) Monday on the fourth planet in this solar system as NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity descended to a picture-perfect…