Featured

no alt

ULA Atlas V conducts SBIRS-GEO-3 launch from the Cape


The US Air Force’s third Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous missile detection satellite rode to orbit atop United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket on Friday, lifting off from…

no alt

Landed Falcon 9 booster sails into Los Angeles


For the first time on the West Coast, a recovered Falcon 9 first stage has made it back to port, intact. Following its role with the successful launch…

no alt

Examining the probable causes of Progress MS-04 failure


In the month and a half since the Progress MS-04 spacecraft was lost in a third-stage launch mishap on 1 December 2016, Russian federal investigators and Roscosmos have…

no alt

SpaceX Returns To Flight with Iridium NEXT launch – and landing


SpaceX returned its Falcon 9 rocket to flight Saturday with a mission that delivered ten Iridium NEXT communications satellites into low Earth orbit. Liftoff was on time at…

no alt

EVA-39: Spacewalkers complete the upgrading of ISS batteries


Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have completed a long-planned process to upgrade the power storage batteries outside the station. The upgraded batteries will give the…

no alt

Proof is in the Core as SLS pushes towards maiden launch


The first fully-welded Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage propellant tank was recently moved to its proof testing facility at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF), to begin final…

no alt

New Horizons prepares for New Year’s Day 2019 Kuiper Belt Object encounter


A year and a half after its historic flyby of dwarf planet Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is preparing for its encounter with a second Kuiper Belt Object….

no alt

SpaceX set to return to action with RTF Falcon 9 launch of Iridium spacecraft


SpaceX is set to Return To Flight (RTF) no sooner than January 14, with the Falcon 9 launch of the first Iridium NEXT mission from Vandenberg Air Force…

no alt

YIR V: ‘Planet Nine’ – Pushing the boundaries of the solar system


In 2016, our understanding of our cosmic home might have taken its most significant leap forward since the discovery of Uranus shattered our then perception of a six-planet…

no alt

YIR IV: New Horizons returns all data of Pluto, a small world with big surprises


It was the dominant event in spaceflight last year: New Horizons’ rapid-paced, intense scientific investigation of the icy, dwarf planet Pluto – the mysterious little world that once…

no alt

YIR III: From dwarfs to giants – the missions of Dawn, Juno, and Cassini


Moving out into the asteroid belt and farther still to the gas giants, NASA’s Dawn, Juno, and Cassini missions churned away in orbit of their respective hosts –…

no alt

YIR II: Curiosity & Opportunity – Revelations, pushing the limits of longevity


From the orbits of the inner solar system to the surface of Mars.  For Curiosity and Opportunity, 2016 continued the rovers’ revelations of the mysteries of the Martian surface…

no alt

Year In Review (I): Planetary orbit successes mark inner solar system returns


Throughout the inner solar system in 2016, NASA, ESA, JAXA, Roscosmos, and ISRO built upon their prior year successes and demonstrated a coordinated and cooperative approach toward advancing…

no alt

Atlas V completes ULA’s 2016 with EchoStar XIX launch


United Launch Alliance launched its last Atlas V rocket of 2016 Sunday, deploying the EchoStar XIX commercial communications satellite for Hughes Network Systems. The launch, from the Cape Canaveral…

no alt

Boeing and NASA prepare for the assembly of the first SLS rocket


Prime contractor Boeing recently discussed the current progress of assembly and production for the first Core Stage elements of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). With assembly of the…

no alt

Pegasus launches CYGNSS constellation following Stargazer release


Orbital ATK’s Pegasus rocket finally launched on Thursday, carrying NASA’s CYGNSS environmental research satellite constellation into orbit. The air-launched rocket departed Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard its…

no alt

Japan’s HTV-6 resupply vehicle arrives at the ISS


Following what was the fifth orbital launch of December, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) HTV-6 resupply vehicle completed a four day journey to the International Space Station…

no alt

ULA Delta IV launches WGS-8 satellite


United Launch Alliance (ULA) has launched a Delta IV rocket on Wednesday evening, carrying the eighth satellite in the US Air Force’s Wideband Global Satcom system. The rocket…

no alt

PSLV launches Resourcesat-2A imaging satellite


India has launched its Resourcesat-2A imaging satellite on Wednesday morning via its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket. The ISRO launch, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, occurred…

no alt

Busy December to mark end of year global launch salvo


Up to 15 orbital launches are set to take place during a very busy December, not counting the opening mission of the month that resulted in the loss…