Space Exploration Company to be Announced – to Expand Earth’s Resource Base

“The Future of Space

“Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – 10:30am – 2:30pm: A new company will be unveiling its mission to revolutionize current space exploration activities and ultimately create a better standard of living on Earth. Don’t miss your opportunity to be among the first to find out what’s next from the world’s leading […]

Rollout of the Soyuz-U Progress M THC-15M

April 18, 2012 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome the rollout of the space rocket (ILV) “Soyuz-U” to transport cargo vehicle (THC), “Progress M-15M.” 

Rollout of a space rocket “Soyuz-U” to transport cargo vehicle “Progress M -15M “is scheduled for April 20.

Antares Rocket – Pad Fit Checks

Antares Rocket

The first stage of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket stands in launch position during pathfinder operations at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. Orbital’s Antares launch vehicle will be conducting missions for NASA under its Commercial Orbital Transportation Service Program and Cargo Resupply Services contract.

Image Credit: NASA/P.Black

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How We Nearly Lost Discovery – Wayne Hale

Now that Discovery is safely delivered to the Smithsonian, I think I can tell the story of how we nearly lost her in July of 2005, and how well intentioned, highly motivated,  hard working, smart people can miss the most obvious.

It’s tough to know people who have died.  Many of us knew the […]

Space Shuttle Discovery Departs KSC to Dulles Smithsonian

The Space Shuttle Discovery makes its historic final flight April 17, 2012

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SCA Carrying Discovery Departs KSC (KSC-2012-2375) The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft transporting space shuttle Discovery to its new home flies over the 525-foot-tall Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The duo took off from Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing […]

Dragon Expected to Set Historic Course

The Dragon spacecraft will be loaded with about 1,200 pounds of cargo for its upcoming mission that is expected to dock with the International Space Station. Image credit: SpaceX

SpaceX crossed another milestone this week as company and NASA officials met for a thorough Flight Readiness Review ahead of the launch of the Dragon […]

North Korea Kwangmyongsong 3 satellite Launch atop Unha-3 FAILS to reach orbit

April 12, 2012 – Sohae Launch Center.

North Korea launched a three-stage space launcher Friday, defying warnings from international governments, but the rocket failed and crashed into the ocean moments after liftoff, according to defense officials in the region.

U.S. military sources said their systems detected the launch of North Korea’s Unha, or Taepodong 2, […]

United Launch Alliance Announces New Human Launch Services Organization

Published: Monday, Apr. 9, 2012 – 4:10 pm

CENTENNIAL, Colo., April 9, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — United Launch Alliance (ULA) today announced the formation of a new organization that will focus exclusively on NASA’s human spaceflight programs.

ULA’s Human Launch Services organization will be dedicated to supporting NASA and its partners in the development of capabilities […]

Delta IV NROL-25 Launch Highlights

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV carrying the NROL-25 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office lifts off from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying a payload for the […]

Rocket’s launch delayed another day

By Janene Scully/Associate Editor janscully@santamariatimes.com 

The launch of a Delta 4 rocket carrying a top-secret spy satellite has been delayed again, moving the next liftoff attempt to Tuesday afternoon at the earliest, officials said Sunday afternoon.

The team had been aiming for launch at 4:04 p.m. today from Space Launch Complex-6 on south Vandenberg Air […]