Space

U.S. Space Force clears reused SpaceX rocket for launch with GPS satellite

The U.S. Space Force’s fifth GPS 3-series navigation satellite was encapsulated inside the payload fairing of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket June 9 at the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Florida. Credit: Lockheed Martin Following years of planning, a GPS navigation satellite built by Lockheed Martin will be the first operational U.S. military payload to ride a reused SpaceX booster ...

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Photos: Surplus missile motor from 1960s launches classified NRO satellites

A Cold War-era missile motor cast with solid propellant in 1966 fired up for the first time Wednesday to catapult a Northrop Grumman Minotaur 1 rocket off a launch pad in Virginia with three small spacecraft for the U.S. government’s spy satellite agency. The Minotaur 1 rocket uses two surplus stages taken from the U.S. Air Force’s stockpiles of Minuteman ...

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ULA Begins Stacking Atlas V for Boeing’s Starliner OFT-2 Launch, as Second Booster Arrives for First Crewed Flight

In the coming days of Atlas V stacking work, two AJ60 solid rocket boosters and the Centaur upper stage with dual RL10A-4-2 engines will be hoisted into place. Starliner attachment occurs next month. Launch is planned for July 30 at 2:53pmEDT (1853 UTC). Photo: ULA United Launch Alliance (ULA) is quite busy at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Central ...

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A New Technique for “Seeing” Exoplanet Surfaces Based on the Content of their Atmospheres

In November of 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will make its long-awaited journey to space. This next-generation observatory will observe the cosmos using its advanced infrared suite and reveal many never-before-seen things. By 2024, it will be joined the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (RST), the successor to the Hubble mission that will have 100 times Hubble’s field ...

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Chinese astronauts enter Tiangong space station for first time

Chinese astronaut Tang Hongbo (left), commander Nie Haisheng (center), and astronaut Liu Boming (right) inside the Tianhe core module of China’s space station. Credit: CCTV Three Chinese astronauts floated into the country’s new Tiangong space station Thursday, becoming the first people to board China’s outpost in orbit after a successful launch from a military base in the Gobi Desert to ...

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SpaceX launches first national security mission on reused commercial rocket

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 soars into the sky over Cape Canaveral Thursday with a GPS navigation satellite. Credit: Michael Cain / Spaceflight Now / A fresh GPS navigation beacon destined to replace a nearly 17-year-old satellite rode into orbit from Cape Canaveral on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Thursday, marking the first time risk-averse U.S. military space officials have ...

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