Blue Origin's first launch of 2018 will take place this afternoon

Blue Origin's 8th launch of their New Shepard rocket will occur this afternoon at 12:43pm EDT from their West Texas launch site. After a couple delays this morning from thunderstorms, the launch countdown is underway once again. This is the 3rd overall booster of the New Shepard rocket. The first flown booster failed to land successfully and the 2nd booster re-flew multiple times and is now on display at Blue Origin's rocket factory in Florida. This third rocket flew at the end of the year last year and that's the same booster launching today. Blue Origin has their crash dummy placed inside the capsule during this flight which will gather data on scientific studies and various data to what h

TESS successfully delivered into orbit on the Falcon 9

At 6:51pm EDT, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket roared to life and climbed off the pad at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket soared into the clear Florida skies and accelerated TESS further into space to peer deep into the solar system. After first stage shutdown, the first and second stage separated. The second stage continued to push TESS to its desired orbit as the first stage flipped around to slow down for a picture-perfect landing on the East Coast droneship, "Of Course I Still Love You". This first stage will most likely be reused one more time. The second stage coasted with TESS on top before performing one last burn approximately 42 minutes after launch.

NASA's planet searching satellite launch is pushed back 2 days

Today's launch of the Falcon 9 with NASA's TESS satellite has been pushed back to Wednesday. SpaceX will be conducting additional analysis of the Falcon's Guidence, Navigation, and Control systems to ensure a successful launch of this special payload. No launch time has been announced yet, but they're targeting Wednesday, April 18th. #NASA #SpaceX #Falcon9

TESS to launch on Falcon 9

Today, SpaceX is planning to launch NASA's TESS at 6:32pm EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) on their Falcon 9 rocket. Following separation of the first and second stage, the first stage will perform a landing on the droneship "Of Course I Still Love You" approximately 8 minutes and 20 seconds after launch. TESS is NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and will be the next planet finder. It's led out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and will discover new potential exoplanets orbiting stars close to Earth. TESS will search for dips in the brightness of stars that are an indication of an orbiting planet regular

Atlas V successfully launches AFSPC-11 into Florida's golden skies

Yesterday evening at 7:13pm EDT, United Launch Alliance launched their heaviest Atlas V rocket into the golden light on Florida's Space Coast. The Atlas V launched from Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) in its 551 configuration with 5 Solid Rocket Boosters to loft the heavy AFSPC-11 satellite into its Geostationary Orbit. There were two spacecraft that were launched on this mission, CBAS and EAGLE. CBAS stands for Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM and EAGLE stands for ESPA Augmented GEO Laboratory Experiment. The purpose for CBAS is to augment existing satellite communication capabilities and to broadcast military data through space-based satellite communications relay links. EAGLE is a

Virgin Galactic takes to the skies again after 4 years

Yesterday, April 5th, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity successfully completed its first supersonic, rocket-powered flight after spending two years going under extensive ground and atmospheric testing. Yesterdays flight saw amazing performance in terms of vehicle performance and altitude achieved, as well as the duration that the rocket burned for. Unity was dropped from Eve, the carrier aircraft, at about 46,500ft and ignited its main engine, accelerating the vehicle to nearly Mach 2 during the 30-second burn of the hybrid motor. This motor was manufactured and tested by The Spaceship Company and is a hybrid motor, fueled by nitrous oxide and a HTPB solid compound. After reaching an

SpaceX delivers Dragon to the ISS for a second time

As storm clouds begin to grow to the west of the launch pad, SpaceX's launches its Falcon 9 rocket on their fourteenth mission to the International Space Station. This reused Dragon capsule was launched at 4:30pm EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida for the second time, carrying supplies and science experiments along with it. The Dragon spacecraft previously supported the CRS-8 mission back in April 2016 and will stay at the station for another month. The first stage on this rocket has been "flight-proven" and previously launched on the CRS-12 mission back in August 2017. No recovery was attempted for this first stage booster. Dragon carried variou

Dragon set to launch to the ISS tomorrow afternoon

SpaceX is targeting the launch of their Dragon spacecraft tomorrow, Monday April 2nd, at 4:30pm EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL. Dragon will launch on top of their Falcon 9 rocket which is using a "flight-proven" first stage which previously supported the CRS-12 mission last August. No recovery will be attempted on this first stage, but it will be used to practice high velocity 3 engine landing burns with minimal fuel left over to do so. This will provide engineers more data on refining the landings of the first stage. The Dragon spacecraft has also been flown before on the CRS-8 mission back in April of 2016. A backup launch attempt will be made

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