February 24, 2018
  • Recycled SpaceX rocket boosts Paz radar satellite, first Starlink testbeds into orbit

    February 22, 2018

    Launching with a Spanish radar observation craft and the first two experimental satellites for SpaceX’s planned global broadband network, a Falcon 9 rocket fired away from California’s Central Coast shortly before sunrise Thursday after several days of delays.

  • National Space Council acts to streamline regulatory hurdles

    February 22, 2018

    The newly re-activated National Space Council is acting quickly to streamline convoluted regulatory requirements that frequently slow development of new commercial space initiatives, a shift in focus in keeping with the Trump Administration’s directive to encourage more private sector development on the high frontier.

  • SpaceX fires up Falcon 9 rocket for weekend launch from Florida

    February 21, 2018

    A Falcon 9 rocket booked to launch a commercial communications satellite for Hispasat, a Madrid-based telecom company, fired its nine main engines late Tuesday night at Cape Canaveral for a pre-flight hold-down test.

  • White House emphasizes industry over science in Space Council appointments

    February 21, 2018

    A roster of representatives from the commercial space industry, astronauts, retired military officers and politicians will advise the National Space Council as the top-level government panel seeks to reshape U.S. space policy, regulations and exploration strategies.

  • Photos: Falcon 9 on the eve of launch from Vandenberg

    February 21, 2018

    SpaceX crews at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California rolled out a Falcon 9 rocket and lifted it vertical atop its launch pad ahead of a planned blastoff Wednesday with a Spanish radar observation satellite and two test probes for a planned global broadband Internet network.

  • Test satellites for SpaceX’s broadband ‘megaconstellation’ set for launch

    February 20, 2018

    SpaceX is set to launch two prototype probes Wednesday to begin testing spacecraft and antenna technology the company hopes will eventually power a network of thousands of satellites blanketing planet Earth with broadband Internet coverage.

  • Falcon 9 launch timeline with Paz

    February 20, 2018

    Follow the key events of the Falcon 9 rocket’s ascent to orbit with the Paz Earth observation payload for Hisdesat, operator of Spain’s governmental satellites.

  • Saturn’s night side caught in “ringshine”

    February 19, 2018

    In the final hours of its pioneering mission, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft opened its cameras to gaze down on Saturn, recording views of a nighttime cloudscape illuminated by sunlight reflected off countless tiny ice particles in the planet’s rings.

  • GOES-S weather observatory hoisted atop Atlas 5 rocket

    February 16, 2018

    NOAA’s next geostationary weather satellite, GOES-S, was raised on top of an Atlas 5 launcher Friday at Cape Canaveral in preparation for liftoff March 1 to keep watch over the Pacific Ocean and the Western United States.

  • Photos: Russian cargo freighter blasts off from snow-covered launch pad

    February 16, 2018

    A Russian Progress supply ship launched Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, firing into orbit from a snow-covered pad to haul three tons of fuel, water and equipment to the International Space Station.

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