January 20, 2018
Atlas 5

U.S. military satellite launched to fortify against missile attacks

January 20, 2018

A billion-dollar U.S. military satellite rode a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket into orbit Friday night from Cape Canaveral, joining a network of space sentinels warning of threatening missile launches from North Korea, or any other place on the globe.

  • Rocket Lab test launch halted by ship traffic, deteriorating weather

    January 20, 2018

    An attempt to place three small satellites in orbit on an experimental test flight was halted Friday after two ships strayed into a keep-out zone offshore Rocket Lab’s privately-owned launch base in New Zealand, delaying the Electron booster’s second demonstration mission at least 24 hours.

  • Live coverage: SpaceX preps for Falcon Heavy test-firing

    January 9, 2018

    SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket has been rolled out to pad 39A for the second time in advance of a planned hold-down test-firing of its main engines as soon as Monday. A static fire opportunity last week was called off after SpaceX began loading propellants into the Falcon Heavy.

  • Astronaut Jeanette Epps bumped from space station flight

    January 19, 2018

    NASA said Thursday that rookie astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor will replace Jeanette Epps on an expedition set for launch to the International Space Station in June.

  • Live coverage: Test flight of Rocket Lab’s commercial satellite launcher scrubbed

    January 19, 2018

    Ground crews in New Zealand are readying Rocket Lab’s second Electron launcher for liftoff as soon as Saturday, U.S. time, on an experimental test flight after ship traffic and deteriorating weather kept the booster grounded Friday. The privately-developed booster is set to blast off from New Zealand’s North Island with three small satellites on-board during a four-hour window opening at 8:30 p.m. EST Saturday (0130 GMT; 2:30 p.m. New Zealand time Sunday).

  • Atlas 5 team scrubs launch to study troublesome valve

    January 19, 2018

    Launch of an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral with a U.S. Air Force infrared surveillance satellite was scrubbed Thursday evening after engineers encountered a balky valve associated with the first stage’s liquid oxygen system.

  • Asteroid missions on track to reach their destinations in 2018

    January 18, 2018

    Pioneering spacecraft from NASA and the Japanese space agency promise to reveal two unexplored asteroids later this year, officials said Wednesday, beginning surveys that will culminate in daring descents to capture samples for return to Earth, where eager scientists await a hands-on look at the specimens.

  • Atlas 5/SBIRS GEO Flight 4 launch timeline

    January 18, 2018

    This is the launch timeline to be followed by the Atlas 5 rocket’s ascent into orbit from Cape Canaveral with the SBIRS GEO Flight 4 satellite for U.S. military infrared reconnaissance.

  • Lawmakers question safety, schedule for Boeing/SpaceX commercial crew ships

    January 17, 2018

    Boeing and SpaceX hope to launch commercial crew ferry ships on long-awaited test flights later this year, but both companies face major challenges getting the spacecraft certified before late 2019 when seats aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft will no longer be easily available for NASA space station crews, officials told lawmakers Wednesday.

  • Japanese radar satellite launched aboard third Epsilon booster

    January 17, 2018

    Japan’s Epsilon rocket delivered a civilian-operated radar imaging satellite to orbit Wednesday on a mission to demonstrate the performance of a new commercial spacecraft design and collect all-weather imagery for use in emergencies, mapping and global surveillance.

  • Electron test launch from New Zealand could happen this weekend

    January 16, 2018

    The second test flight of Rocket Lab’s privately-developed Electron satellite booster could take off from New Zealand as soon as Friday night, U.S. time, after technical problems and high winds kept the rocket grounded during a series of launch attempts in December.

  • Photos: Delta 4 blasts off from Vandenberg’s historic SLC-6 launch pad

    January 16, 2018

    A United Launch Delta 4 rocket lifted off Friday from the SLC-6 launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, powering into orbit from a historic seaside complex originally developed for crewed missions.

  • James Webb Space Telescope completes critical end-to-end test

    January 15, 2018

    NASA’s $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope has completed critical end-to-end testing in a giant vacuum chamber at the Johnson Space Center, proving the telescope will work properly in the deep cold of space, bring starlight to a sharp focus and precisely track its astronomical targets when launched in 2019.

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