May 30, 2016

Falcon 9 / Thaicom 8 Launch Coverage

Falcon 9

Ride aboard the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage on descent

May 28, 2016

Take a virtual trip from space back to planet Earth with an sped up video clip showing the eye-popping on-board views from the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage booster as it plummeted back to Earth, opened aerodynamic steering fins and fired its engines for a final braking maneuver just before touchdown.

News Headlines

  • Video: Next space station trio finishing training at Star City

    May 28, 2016

    Soyuz commander Anatoly Ivanishin and flight engineers Kate Rubins of NASA and Takuya Onishi of JAXA conduct final qualification training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center for their flight to the International Space Station in June.

  • Details of Orbital ATK’s proposed heavy launcher revealed

    May 27, 2016

    The launch vehicle Orbital ATK wants to face off against SpaceX and United Launch Alliance for lucrative U.S. military contracts would be made of two internally-built solid rocket motors and an upper stage engine supplied by Blue Origin, the entrepreneurial space firm led by Jeff Bezos, an Orbital ATK official said this week.

  • Delta 4-Heavy launch postponed by unspecified payload issue

    May 27, 2016

    Payload readiness has delayed next weekend’s planned Delta 4-Heavy rocket launch for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

  • Stressing caution, SpaceX delays commercial satellite launch

    May 26, 2016

    SpaceX scrubbed a launch Thursday to investigate a “tiny glitch” in an upper stage engine actuator on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket, delaying liftoff from Florida of a Thai communications satellite at least 24 hours.

  • NASA calls off inflation of experimental station habitat

    May 26, 2016

    Mission control halted the expansion of Bigelow Aerospace’s experimental space station module Thursday after the structure did not grow as predicted when air began flowing into it.

  • Timeline for Falcon 9’s launch of the Thaicom 8 satellite

    May 25, 2016

    The Falcon 9 rocket’s fifth flight of the year will take off from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, heaving the Thaicom 8 communications satellite into orbit on an easterly trajectory from Florida’s Space Coast.

  • Bigelow’s station habitat to be expanded Thursday

    May 25, 2016

    Space station flight engineer Jeff Williams will send commands Thursday to pump air into an experimental soft-sided module developed by commercial space habitat builder Bigelow Aerospace, expanding the structure to four times its current size in a stepping stone to future orbital destinations. Live video begins at 5:30 a.m. EDT (0930 GMT).

  • SpaceX ‘on track’ to launch astronauts in late 2017

    May 25, 2016

    SpaceX is on schedule to fly two NASA astronauts on a test flight to the International Space Station by the end of 2017, but there is a lot of work to do to ensure the company’s new Crew Dragon spaceship is up to the task and ready in time, a SpaceX manager said Tuesday.

  • On this date…Crew launched to fix Skylab

    May 25, 2016

    The first crew to inhabit Skylab — Conrad, Weitz and Kerwin — launched today in 1973 for a 28-day mission that successfully made critical repairs, brought the station into operation and conducted solar astronomy, Earth resources and medical experiments.

  • Photos: Soyuz dashes away from French Guiana launch pad

    May 24, 2016

    A Russian Soyuz rocket topped with two European Galileo navigation satellites soared into orbit before dawn Tuesday, vaulting through low clouds hanging over its jungle launch base in French Guiana.