January 24, 2018
Mission Reports

Spacewalkers complete repairs to station robotic arm

January 23, 2018

Two astronauts floated outside the International Space Station early Tuesday and replaced one of the grapple fixtures on the end of the lab’s robot arm, the first of two excursions over the next week to complete a complex overhaul that began with a pair of spacewalks last October.

  • Live coverage: Falcon Heavy test-firing planned Wednesday

    January 9, 2018

    SpaceX’s has rescheduled a hot fire of its Falcon Heavy rocket at launch pad 39A for a window that opens at 12 p.m. EST (1700 GMT) on Wednesday. The crucial pre-launch engine test has been repeatedly delayed since the rocket returned to the launch pad earlier this month.

  • Build-up of Ariane 5 rocket complete for launch Thursday

    January 23, 2018

    The first Ariane 5 rocket scheduled for launch in 2018 has been topped off with two communications satellites for SES and Yahsat, moving the European booster closer to liftoff Thursday from a tropical launch pad in French Guiana with payloads to serve commercial and scientific missions.

  • Photos: Atlas 5 takes off with SBIRS GEO Flight 4

    January 22, 2018

    Revisit Friday night’s blastoff of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral with SBIRS GEO Flight 4, the fourth in an upgraded line of U.S. Air Force missile detection and warning satellites.

  • Testbed for Canadian data relay network successfully launched from China

    January 22, 2018

    A nanosatellite built in Scotland for Kepler Communications, a Toronto company planning a 140-satellite global data relay network, rode to orbit Friday with five Chinese satellites launched aboard a solid-fueled Long March 11 booster from the Gobi Desert.

  • End to government shutdown should limit impact on space operations

    January 22, 2018

    NASA and the U.S. Air Force are expected to return to normal operations Tuesday after lawmakers passed a budget bill Monday evening, ending a government funding lapse that threatened to cut off live television coverage of an International Space Station spacewalk and interrupt SpaceX launch operations in Florida and California.

  • Video: Falcon Heavy undergoes fueling test at pad 39A

    January 21, 2018

    SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket was loaded with propellants Saturday at Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad 39A, as engineers make progress preparing for a hold-down engine firing, and eventually liftoff of the huge commercial launcher.

  • Rocket Lab delivers nanosatellites to orbit on first successful test launch

    January 21, 2018

    Rocket Lab’s privately-developed Electron launcher soared into orbit from New Zealand on Saturday, U.S. time, a success that puts the company’s founder said will hasten dedicated, frequent and affordable rides to space for small satellites.

  • Video: Rocket Lab achieves orbit on historic launch from New Zealand

    January 21, 2018

    Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket took off from a picturesque commercial launch base in New Zealand on Saturday, U.S. time, on a test flight that delivered three CubeSats into orbit on the company’s first successful satellite deployment.

  • Video: ULA highlights reel from Friday night’s Atlas 5 launch

    January 20, 2018

    United Launch Alliance has packed two days of rollout, countdown and launch activities into a two-minute video highlighting Friday night’s blastoff of an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral with the U.S. Air Force’s SBIRS GEO Flight 4 missile-warning satellite.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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