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NASA Prepares to Return Humans to the Moon
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NASA Prepares to Return Humans to the Moon

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Mobile Launch Platform rolls back inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, after undergoing testing at the launch pad in 2018. Photo: Alexander Polimeni

NASA Prepares to Return Humans to the Moon
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NASA Prepares to Return Humans to the Moon

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Orion rolls from the Operations and Checkout Facility on Saturday. The spacecraft is protected by a tarp. Photo: Alexander Polimeni

NASA Prepares to Return Humans to the Moon
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NASA Prepares to Return Humans to the Moon

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Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) sits inside the International Space Station Processing Facility, awaiting launch. The silo-like stru…

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Alexander Polimeni | Staff Writer For the first time in 48 years, a human-capable spacecraft destined for the Moon rolled out of NASA’s Armstrong Operations & Checkout Facility, in preparation for a launch in late 2021.  On Jan. 16, the Orion spacecraft emerged from its assembly hangar at a crawling speed, bound for the Multi-Purpose […]

Secretive Pentagon space drone ready to launch
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Secretive Pentagon space drone ready to launch

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An X-37B sits on the runway after landing. Photo// Boeing

Secretive Pentagon space drone ready to launch
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Secretive Pentagon space drone ready to launch

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An X-37B mission launches in 2015. Photo// Alex Polimeni

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By Alex Polimeni A clandestine U.S. Space Force space drone is preparing for its launch in mid-May, amid an uncertain world of social distancing and COVID-19 concerns. The USSF-7 mission consists of the Pentagon’s X-37B reusable space plane, a covert spacecraft built by Boeing, designed to launch vertically and land autonomously like an airplane.  “The […]

First Dedicated Space Force Satellite Set for Launch
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First Dedicated Space Force Satellite Set for Launch

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An Atlas V, flying in the most powerful configuration, launches another Air Force payload in 2018. Photo//Alexander Polimeni

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By Alex Polimeni United Launch Alliance prepares to launch the Atlas V rocket with the AEHF-6 satellite, the first dedicated U.S. Space Force launch.  On Mar. 26, the final installment of the six-satellite constellation, valued at over 15 billion is expected to depart from Florida’s Space Coast.    “The delivery of the last AEHF satellite comes […]