Photos: ULA launches Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral

 Buy Photo Email Twitter Facebook ShareUnited Launch Alliance launched its Atlas V rocket with the Air Force’s sixth and final Advanced Extremely High Frequency, or AEHF-6, satellite March 26, 2020, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 41. The satellite aims to provide highly-secure, jam-proof communications, which includes real-time video between U.S. national leadership and deployed military forces.Continue reading Photos: ULA launches Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral

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Moon Thrusters Withstand Over 60 Hot-Fire Tests

Future Artemis lunar landers could use next-generation thrusters, the small rocket engines used to make alterations in a spacecraft’s flight path or altitude, to enter lunar orbit and descend to the surface. Before the engines make the trip to the Moon, helping deliver new science instruments and technology demonstrations, they’re being tested here on Earth. NASA and FrontierContinue reading Moon Thrusters Withstand Over 60 Hot-Fire Tests

Revisiting Decades-Old Voyager 2 Data, Scientists Find One More Secret

Voyager 2 took this image as it approached the planet Uranus on Jan. 14, 1986. The planet’s hazy bluish color is due to the methane in its atmosphere, which absorbs red wavelengths of light.Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech Over the next few hours, Voyager 2 flew within 50,600 miles (81,433 kilometers) of Uranus’ cloud tops, collecting data that revealed twoContinue reading Revisiting Decades-Old Voyager 2 Data, Scientists Find One More Secret

Military officials committed to keeping Cape Canaveral open for launches

The military-run Eastern Range at Cape Canaveral remains ready to support upcoming launches — including an Atlas 5 flight Thursday — amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Tuesday. The next launch scheduled from Cape Canaveral is set to take off Thursday, when a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket carries a U.S. Space Force communicationsContinue reading Military officials committed to keeping Cape Canaveral open for launches

Astronauts to offer inspiration during isolation in #SpaceConnectsUs

ESA / Newsroom In Europe and around the world, we’ve been getting used to a different way of living in recent weeks. On Thursday, 26 March, ESA and long-time partner Asteroid Day will host #SpaceConnectsUs – a chance to connect across borders and hear from space explorers, artists, and scientists about how to manage ourselves and ourContinue reading Astronauts to offer inspiration during isolation in #SpaceConnectsUs

Astra suffers “anomaly” during pre-launch test in Alaska

A small satellite launcher built by Astra “experienced an anomaly” Monday on a launch pad at Kodiak Island, Alaska, forcing the cancellation of a planned orbital launch attempt this week, according to the company’s co-founder and CEO. The incident at the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Kodiak Island occurred during a pre-launch countdown dress rehearsal, andContinue reading Astra suffers “anomaly” during pre-launch test in Alaska

Artemis I Spacecraft Environmental Testing Complete

After four months of rigorous testing in the world’s premier space environments simulation facility at NASA’s Plum Brook Station, the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission is certified and another step toward being ready for flight. The test campaign, which was completed ahead of schedule in mid-March, subjected the spacecraft to the extreme temperatures and electromagnetic conditions it will endureContinue reading Artemis I Spacecraft Environmental Testing Complete

China Long March 2C successfully launched latest Yaogan Weixing mission

written by Rui C. Barbosa via https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/ After losing the first Long March-7A one week ago, China launched a new group of triplet satellites for the Chuangxin-5 (CX-5) constellation. Launched under the name Yaogan Weixing-30 Group-6, the three satellites were orbited by a Long March-2C launch vehicle from the LC3 Launch Complex of the Xichang SatelliteContinue reading China Long March 2C successfully launched latest Yaogan Weixing mission

spx fALCON 9 LAUNCH SCHEDULED FOR 03/30 POSTPONED INDEFINITELY

SpaceX Falcon 9 – SAOCOM 1B has been delayed indefinitely due to the payload’s customer and their international partners being affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions. Other SpaceX launches are reported to be proceeding as planned. MISSION: SpaceX will launch SAOCOM 1B atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. SAOCOM 1B, orContinue reading spx fALCON 9 LAUNCH SCHEDULED FOR 03/30 POSTPONED INDEFINITELY