Archive: Space

SpaceX's Dragon space capsule awaits its launch as part of an uncrewed pad abort test. Photo: SpaceX.

SpaceX’s Musk Unveils New Spacesuit

SpaceX founder Elon Musk posted the “first picture” of his company’s new spacesuit on social media Aug. 23. The photograph shows a sleek, mostly white suit buckled into what seems to be a spacecraft. A man’s face appears in the helmet behind a tinted shield. The spacesuit, which vaguely resembles the uniform of a Star […]

Artist's concept of the completed Orion spacecraft. Image: NASA.

NASA’s Newest Orion Crew Capsule Powered Up For First Time

The Orion crew capsule that will be the first to fly aboard NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket has been powered up for the first time, Orion prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] announced Aug. 22. The event, which took place Aug. 11 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, “was the first time […]

Engineers stand in front of the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS)-5 satellite in the MIT Lincoln Laboratory clean room in Lexington, Mass. (Photo courtesy of MIT Lincoln Lab)

Air Force Readies ORS-5 Space-Tracking Satellite For Aug. 25 Launch

The U.S. Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) office has completed a flight readiness review for the ORS-5 space-tracking satellite, keeping the mission on track for an Aug. 25 launch, the service announced Aug. 18. Built by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory, ORS-5 is slated to lift off on an Orbital ATK [OA] […]

Air Force’s New Space Operations Directorate Nears IOC

The U.S. Air Force expects its new space operations directorate to achieve an initial operational capability (IOC) on Aug. 21, the service announced Aug. 17. The Air Force also revealed that Shawn Barnes, its deputy director for legislative liaison, will become the directorate’s senior civilian, serving as the assistant deputy chief of staff for space […]

The payload fairing for NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M) is moved into position to encapsulate the spacecraft. (NASA photo)

NASA Exploring Next-Generation Space Communications Satellites

With NASA gearing up to launch its last Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M), the agency has begun studying what its next generation of space communications satellites might look like. One feature NASA definitely wants is dramatically higher data-transfer rates than it gets from the TDRS constellation, which was conceived in the 1970s, said Badri Younes, […]

Orbital ATK's Minotaur IV launch vehicle. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Studying Possible Commercial Role For Surplus ICBM Motors

The U.S. Air Force plans to finish a study later this year on the potential impact of changing existing law to allow surplus intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) motors to be used on commercial space launches, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report Aug. 16 While the Department of Defense and NASA use […]

The Air Force's X-37B unmanned spaceplane (Photo courtesy of Air Force)

Air Force’s X-37B Spaceplane Might Fly Again In September

The next launch of the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B unmanned reusable spaceplane will occur “no earlier than September,” launch vehicle provider SpaceX said Aug. 14. The Air Force had previously indicated that the launch would occur “no earlier than August,” but it cautioned that the launch date was “still in the process of being manifested […]

SpaceX launched its 12th resupply mission to the International Space Station from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:31 p.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Photo: NASA.

SpaceX Launches 12th Resupply Aircraft to ISS, Completes Successful Rocket Relanding

SpaceX successfully completed the re-landing of another rocket following the launch of its twelfth International Space Station (ISS) resupply aircraft on Monday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The Falcon 9 rocket launched at 12:31 p.m. Monday lifting off with a SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft carrying 6,400 pounds of equipment and supplies for research projects that […]

An artist's illustration of an Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite. Image: Air Force.

Air Force Delays Launching AEHF, SBIRS Satellites

The Air Force is pushing back the launches of two Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built satellites that were supposed to lift off this fall. Each spacecraft – the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-4) protected-communications satellite and the fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO Flight-4) missile-warning satellite – is slated to ride on a […]

NOAA's first Joint Polar Satellite System satellite (JPSS-1). Photo: Ball Aerospace.

Launch Of JPSS-1 Satellite Slips Three Weeks

The launch of the first Joint Polar System Satellite (JPSS-1) has been delayed three weeks, from Sept. 21 to Oct. 12, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “The date change gives engineers additional time to test a certain type of capacitor, a device that stores an electric charge, used on the spacecraft,” […]