September 26, 2022
Delta 4

Delta 4-Heavy rocket deploys spysat on final planned mission from ‘Slick Six’

September 24, 2022

United Launch Alliance sent a triple-core Delta 4-Heavy with a top secret U.S. government spy satellite into orbit Saturday from California’s Central Coast, closing out a chapter in the tangled history of a launch pad originally built to support military astronaut missions on Titan rockets and space shuttles. Two more Delta 4-Heavy rockets are left in ULA’s inventory for launches in 2023 and 2024 from Cape Canaveral.

  • SpaceX launches another successful Starlink mission from Florida

    September 24, 2022

    Another group of 52 Starlink internet satellites rocketed into orbit Saturday night from Cape Canaveral on top of a Falcon 9 launcher, continuing deployment of SpaceX’s global broadband network now accessible from all seven continents. Launch occurred at 7:32 p.m. EDT (2332 GMT).

  • NASA waves off Tuesday launch for Artemis moon rocket

    September 24, 2022

    Faced with stormy weather ahead of soon-to-be Hurricane Ian, NASA managers Saturday ruled out a third attempt to launch the Artemis 1 moon rocket Tuesday but held open the option of making a run at blastoff on October 2, the current backup date.

  • Historic launch pad faces uncertain future after final West Coast Delta 4 mission

    September 23, 2022

    United Launch Alliance will move out of historic Space Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California following the flight of a Delta 4-Heavy rocket set for Saturday, leaving the military to find a new tenant for the launch pad once intended to host space shuttle missions on the West Coast.

  • Live coverage: NASA calls off Sept. 27 launch attempt for Artemis 1 moon mission

    September 23, 2022

    A possible hurricane is threatening the Florida peninsula next week, forcing NASA to call off preparations for a launch attempt Tuesday for the Artemis 1 moon mission. The space agency will decide Sunday whether to roll the SLS moon rocket back to the Vehicle Assembly Building, a decision that would prompt more significant delay.

  • JWST shows Neptune’s splendor amid landscape of galaxies

    September 22, 2022

    Fresh images from the James Webb Space Telescope show the faraway planet Neptune hung amid a tapestry of even more distant galaxies, the latest view from a now-regular flow of observations from astronomers’ new eye on the universe. Scientists released Webb’s first views of Neptune and Mars this week.

  • NASA completes cryogenic tanking test on Artemis 1 moon rocket

    September 21, 2022

    Engineers filled up the Artemis 1 moon rocket with more than 750,000 gallons of super-cold propellants in a tanking test Wednesday at Kennedy Space Center after successfully troubleshooting another hydrogen leak. NASA’s launch director said she was “extremely encouraged” by the test, but officials have not yet committed to another attempt to launch the uncrewed test flight to the moon at the next opportunity Sept. 27.

  • NASA astronaut launches to space station aboard Russian rocket

    September 21, 2022

    Despite severely strained U.S.-Russian foreign relations, an American astronaut joined two Russian cosmonauts aboard a Soyuz spacecraft in Kazakhstan and rocketed into orbit Wednesday on a two-orbit flight to the International Space Station.

  • Live coverage: Two Russians, one American arrive at space station

    September 21, 2022

    Russian cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin were joined by NASA astronaut Frank Rubio for launch Wednesday to begin a six-month expedition on the International Space Station. The crew lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 9:54 a.m. EDT (1354 GMT) aboard a Soyuz rocket, and docked with the space station at 1:06 p.m. EDT (1706 GMT).

  • Live coverage: NASA fully loads Artemis 1 moon rocket in cryogenic test

    September 21, 2022

    NASA’s launch team says they got a hydrogen leak under control in a fueling line near the bottom of the Artemis 1 moon rocket’s core stage, allowing engineers to continue with a cryogenic tanking test on pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday. The leak temporarily halted operations to load more than 750,000 gallons of super-cold liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen into the Space Launch System.

  • ULA readies Delta 4-Heavy rocket for weekend launch from California

    September 19, 2022

    United Launch Alliance’s ground team recently completed a countdown dress rehearsal and installed a classified spy satellite payload on top of a Delta 4-Heavy rocket at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, readying the triple-body launcher for liftoff Saturday.

  • NASA preps for SLS fueling test Wednesday

    September 19, 2022

    Engineers are ready to reload NASA’s Artemis moon rocket with supercold fuel Wednesday to make sure a repaired liquid hydrogen quick-disconnect fitting is leak free, one of two requirements that must be met before the agency can make a third attempt to launch the huge booster September 27 on the program’s maiden moonshot.

  • Soyuz rocket rolls out for launch of Russian-American crew to space station

    September 18, 2022

    Ground teams at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan rolled a Soyuz rocket to its launch pad Sunday, moving a step closer to liftoff Wednesday with a team of two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut heading for the International Space Station, the first flight of a U.S. crew member on a Russian spacecraft since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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