August 17, 2019
Mission Reports

NASA directs Alabama space center to manage lunar lander program

August 16, 2019

Despite protests from Texas lawmakers, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will manage the agency’s plans to build a lunar landing system that will carry the next man and the first woman to the surface of the moon in 2024, agency Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Friday.

  • Live coverage: Rocket Lab launch delayed to Monday

    August 16, 2019

    Rocket Lab scrubbed a launch attempt Friday because of high winds at the company’s launch site on New Zealand’s North Island. The company plans to try again Monday at 1212 GMT (8:12 a.m. EDT). When it takes off, an Electron rocket aims to deliver four small satellites into a 335-mile-high orbit for commercial and U.S. military customers.

  • Smallsat companies teaming up on deorbit experiment

    August 15, 2019

    TriSept Corp. has announced plans for a commercial technology demonstration mission set for launch next year on a Rocket Lab Electron vehicle to test a deployable conductive tape, made by Tethers Unlimited, that could help small satellites more quickly fall out of orbit at the end of their missions.

  • Photos: Atlas 5 blasts off with U.S. Air Force communications payload

    August 15, 2019

    A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral on Aug. 8 with the U.S. Air Force’s fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite, the second launch from Florida’s Coast in a span of less than 35 hours.

  • ICEYE releases first sub-meter radar imagery from a microsatellite

    August 14, 2019

    ICEYE, a Finnish company that builds and operates a growing fleet of commercial Earth-observing spacecraft, has released the first radar image from a microsatellite with a resolution of less than 1 meter, showcasing advances in tech miniaturization that could aid environmental monitoring, military surveillance, and the exploration of other planets.

  • Sierra Nevada selects ULA’s Vulcan rocket to launch Dream Chaser missions

    August 14, 2019

    Sierra Nevada Corp. has booked at least six launches on United Launch Alliance’s new Vulcan Centaur rocket to carry Dream Chaser supply ships into orbit on cargo runs to the International Space Station beginning in 2021, becoming the first confirmed customer for ULA’s next-generation launcher.

  • ExoMars parachute failures could jeopardize 2020 launch date

    August 13, 2019

    The European Space Agency has confirmed a parachute for the ExoMars rover mission set for launch next July failed during a test over Sweden earlier this month, the project’s second parachute test accident since May.

  • Photos: Falcon 9 rocket takes off with the Amos 17 satellite

    August 13, 2019

    These photos taken Aug. 6 show the liftoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Israeli-owned Amos 17 communications satellite, backdropped by dreary skies after thunderstorms passed through Cape Canaveral earlier in the day.

  • Rocket Lab to begin booster recovery experiments later this year

    August 12, 2019

    Rocket Lab’s next launch from New Zealand, set for Friday, will carry a data recorder to measure the aerothermal environments encountered by the Electron launcher’s first stage during descent back into the atmosphere, information engineers say is crucial to successfully achieving the company’s newly-announced plan to recover and reuse the booster.

  • Watch SpaceX Dragon launch pad escape system testing

    August 9, 2019

    A slide wire escape system has been undergoing tests at launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in readiness for the first SpaceX Crew Dragon flight to carry astronauts to the International Space Station.

  • Atlas 5 launch adds to U.S. military’s secure communications satellite network

    August 8, 2019

    A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket fired into space Thursday from Cape Canaveral with a $1.1 billion U.S. Air Force communications satellite, delivering fresh capacity for the military’s voice, video and data relay networks.

  • Photos: Atlas 5 paints the sky with spectacular sunrise launch

    August 8, 2019

    Skywatchers and early risers across Florida enjoyed dazzling views of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket climbing into space Thursday morning from Cape Canaveral with a U.S. military communications satellite.

  • Atlas 5 launch timeline on the AEHF 5 mission

    August 8, 2019

    A United Launch Atlas 5 rocket is set to launch the U.S. Air Force’s fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite from Cape Canaveral. This timeline shows the major mission events planned over a nearly six-hour flight to an optimized geostationary transfer orbit.

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