Rockets

ULA AND BOEING CONDUCT MOCK COUNTDOWN FOR CST-100 MISSION

The joint team that will launch the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner on its Orbital Test Flight conducted a successful Integrated Crew Exercise (ICE) on February 12. ULA, Boeing, NASA and Air Force personnel executed a mock countdown that practiced fueling the rocket and operating on the unique launch day […]

PROVEN ENGINE PACKS BIG, IN-SPACE PUNCH FOR NASA’S SLS ROCKET

The thundering roar of a rocket leaving the launch pad is a familiar sight. Much less familiar is the job of the smaller upper stage engines that do their job mostly beyond eye and camera range, but give spacecraft the big, in-space push they need to venture into deep space. NASA’s new rocket, the Space […]

ULA AND BOEING UNVEIL THE ATLAS V CONFIGURATION FOR THE CST-100 STARLINER

United Launch Alliance (ULA) and The Boeing Company today unveiled an updated aerodynamic configuration of the Atlas V that will launch Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule for NASA. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program has partnered with Boeing to build and operate the Starliner system, including ULA’s Atlas V rocket, for missions taking astronauts to and from the […]

ROCKET LAB COMPLETES WORLD’S FIRST PRIVATE ORBITAL LAUNCH SITE

Rocket Lab has completed the world’s first private orbital launch complex, Launch Complex 1. Located on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula, Launch Complex 1 is set to enable the highest frequency of space launches in history. The facility will be the primary site for launches of Rocket Lab’s Electron vehicle, designed to lift a 150 kg […]

NASA TESTS NEW INSULATION FOR SLS ROCKET

You may not think about insulation much, but it’s one of those unsung industry heroes that keeps our drinks cold and homes warm on those bone-chilling winter days. Insulation also is a key component to protecting NASA’s Space Launch System and its super-cold fuels for the journey to Mars. Different types of cryogenic foam – […]

ANTARES LAUNCH STATUS UPDATE

Orbital ATK completed a stage test at the end of May and final data review has confirmed the test was successful, clearing the way for the Antares return to flight. Simultaneously, the company has been conducting final integration and check out of the flight vehicle that will launch the OA-5 mission to ensure that all […]

ORBITAL ATK TESTS SOLID ROCKET BOOSTER FOR SLS

A booster for the most powerful rocket in the world, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), successfully fired up Tuesday for its second qualification ground test at Orbital ATK’s test facilities in Promontory, Utah. This was the last full-scale test for the booster before SLS’s first uncrewed test flight with NASA’s Orion spacecraft in late 2018, […]

ORBITAL ATK TO USE SPACE IN VEHICLE ASSEMBLY BUILDING

NASA has selected Orbital ATK Inc. of Dulles, Virginia, to begin negotiations on an agreement to use High Bay 2 in the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The prospective property use agreement, which also will include a mobile launcher platform, reflects Kennedy’s transformation to a multi-user spaceport […]

STENNIS SPACE CENTER MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST TEST

In April 1966, Lyndon Johnson was president of the United States, protests of the Vietnam War were growing, gas was priced at 32 cents per gallon, (You’re My) Soul and Inspiration was the No. 1 song on the Billboard charts, Bonanza was the No. 1 television show in the country and Ronald Reagan was successfully […]

CHARLIE BLACKWELL-THOMPSON NAMED LAUNCH DIRECTOR FOR SLS/ORION

February 1, 2016 – The first flight of a Space Launch System (SLS) rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft on an uncrewed mission to lunar orbit and back now has its launch director. Veteran spaceflight engineer Charlie Blackwell-Thompson will helm the launch team at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the first flight test of […]

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