August 17, 2017
Atlas 5

Live coverage: Atlas 5 countdown and launch journal

August 16, 2017

NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M spacecraft that will operate 22,300 miles above Earth to route vital communications to and from the International Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope and nearly 40 other satellites is scheduled for liftoff Friday at 8:03 a.m. EDT (1203 GMT) from Cape Canaveral atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket.

News Headlines

  • Video: Proton rocket lifts off with Russian military satellite

    August 17, 2017

    Watch a series of multi-angle replays of Russia’s Proton rocket lifting off Wednesday from Kazakhstan with a military communications satellite.

  • Photos: Falcon 9 rocket soars into space, lands back at Cape Canaveral

    August 17, 2017

    Look back on Monday’s blastoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in this gallery of photos captured by remote cameras at the launch pad, plus views of the first stage returning to Cape Canaveral for a propulsive landing.

  • Watch live: Russian cosmonauts begin spacewalk

    August 17, 2017

    Two Russian cosmonauts floated outside the International Space Station Thursday for a planned six-hour spacewalk to manually launch five small satellites, to test a variety of spacesuit upgrades, to retrieve an external experiment and to carry out routine inspections and maintenance.

  • Proton launcher takes off with dual-use Russian communications satellite

    August 17, 2017

    A high-power Russian satellite designed to deliver broadband Internet connections and relay television and videoconferencing signals fired into orbit Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • Japanese H-2A rocket launch rescheduled for Saturday

    August 16, 2017

    A heavy-duty version of Japan’s H-2A rocket is now scheduled to lift off Saturday with a geostationary navigation satellite after a week-long delay to diagnose and resolve a leak in the rocket’s propulsion system, the Japanese space agency announced Wednesday.

  • Station managers push back next Cygnus cargo flight to November

    August 16, 2017

    NASA and Orbital ATK have agreed to schedule the launch of the next Cygnus supply ship for Nov. 10 from Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, a delay of a month from the mission’s earlier target launch date to allow the flight to carry more cargo to the International Space Station, officials said.

  • Station crew captures Dragon supply ship, gets early start on unpacking

    August 16, 2017

    Two days after departing from a launch pad on Florida’s Space Coast, a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday with more than 6,400 pounds of experiments and supplies after concluding an automated laser-guided approach.

  • NASA counts down final month of Cassini’s tour of Saturn

    August 15, 2017

    NASA’s Cassini orbiter sailed through the tenuous outermost reaches of Saturn’s atmosphere without trouble Monday, performing the first of five close swings nearer to the planet than any previous spacecraft before a final dive Sept. 15 to end the probe’s nearly 20-year mission.

  • SpaceX launches cargo capsule full of science experiments

    August 14, 2017

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket climbed into space Monday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center atop a column of gleaming exhaust, shooting a commercial resupply vessel toward the International Space Station with research projects looking into cosmic rays, the origin of Parkinson’s disease, the utility of small satellites and an experimental radiation-tolerant supercomputer.

  • 4K video replay liftoff Falcon 9 rocket’s liftoff on station cargo flight

    August 14, 2017

    Check out a 4K video clip of Monday’s Falcon 9 launch viewed from Spaceflight Now’s office at the Kennedy Space Center.

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