January 19, 2018
Atlas 5

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. Another launch opportunity is available Friday at 7:48 p.m. EST (0048 GMT).

  • 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.

  • 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. A static fire opportunity last week was called off after SpaceX began loading propellants into the Falcon Heavy.

  • 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.

  • Sharp-eyed surveillance satellite launched by China

    January 15, 2018

    The third in a new series of Chinese high-resolution mapping satellites lifted off Saturday aboard a Long March 2D rocket, joining two other craft launched into similar orbits in December.

  • Video: Dragon cargo craft released from International Space Station

    January 15, 2018

    Ground controllers sent commands Saturday for the International Space Station’s Canadian-built robotic arm to release a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule, ending the ship’s nearly four-week stay at the orbiting research complex.

  • Commercial cargo craft splashes down in Pacific Ocean after station resupply run

    January 13, 2018

    A commercial cargo capsule owned by SpaceX concluded a month-long resupply trip to the International Space Station on Saturday, wrapping up the 13th round-trip flight to the station by a Dragon spacecraft with an on-target splashdown in the Pacific Ocean west of Baja California.

  • Chinese navigation network expanded with pair of new Beidou satellites

    January 13, 2018

    Two satellites destined to join China’s Beidou network successfully launched Thursday aboard a Long March 3B rocket, the first two of up to 18 new Chinese navigation craft scheduled for deployment this year.

  • Live coverage: SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule returns to Earth

    January 13, 2018

    Nearly four weeks after its arrival at the International Space Station, a SpaceX Dragon supply ship departed the research lab Saturday and dropped out of orbit for a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean southwest of Los Angeles. The Dragon capsule was released from the station’s robotic arm at 4:58 a.m. EST (0958 GMT), and splashdown occurred at approximately 10:36 a.m. EST (1536 GMT).

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