Kennedy Space Center

Tyvak smallsat launched by SpaceX to validate miniature space debris telescope

File photo of a Tyvak-built 6U CubeSat being placed Ito its launch dispenser. Credit: Tyvak Tyvak, a manufacturer of small satellites, disclosed new details Monday about an experimental spacecraft launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Saturday, revealing plans to validate compact optical telescopes that could offer a new way to monitor space traffic and …

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Long-time Kennedy Space Center director to take job at NASA Headquarters

Bob Cabana, director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, speaks to employees in 2020. Credit: NASA/Glenn Benson Former space shuttle commander Bob Cabana, who has led NASA’s Kennedy Space Center since 2008, will take a new job in Washington as the space agency’s No. 3 official next week. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced Cabana’s appointment as …

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Starlink launch marks 100 missions since an in-flight Falcon rocket failure

A Falcon 9 rocket takes off Tuesday with 60 Starlink satellites. Credit: SpaceX The oldest Falcon 9 booster in SpaceX’s operational rocket fleet sent 60 more Starlink internet satellites into space Tuesday with a launch from historic pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. With the 60 satellites launched Tuesday, SpaceX has sent …

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Core of NASA’s first Artemis moon rocket towed into Vehicle Assembly Building

The 212-foot-long core stage for the Artemis 1 mission rolls into the Vehicle Assembly Building Thursday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: Stephen Clark / Spaceflight Now A decade in the making, the core stage for NASA’s first Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket rolled into the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space …

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NASA barge delivers first SLS core stage to Kennedy Space Center

The core stage of NASA’s first Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket arrived at the Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday evening aboard a specially-built barge, completing a voyage by sea from a test site in Mississippi to begin final preparations for the first flight of NASA’s Artemis Moon program. The 310-foot-long (94.4-meter) transport vessel completed a …

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SLS core ready for shipment to Florida; NASA still hopes for late 2021 launch

Teams at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi hoist the Space Launch System core stage out of the B-2 test stand April 19 after a hot fire test March 18. Credit: NASA Teams at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi removed the core of NASA’s first Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket from a test stand earlier …

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Astrobotic selects SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy to launch robotic lunar lander

A Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off in April 2019 with the Arabsat 6A commercial communications satellite. Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now A commercial lunar lander built by Astrobotic will launch from the Kennedy Space Center on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket in late 2023 to deliver a water-hunting NASA rover to the moon’s …

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Busy month of crew rotations on tap at International Space Station

Astronauts Thomas Pesquet, Megan McArthur, Shane Kimbrough, and Akihiko Hoshide are. preparing for launch April 22 aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. Credit: SpaceX Seven astronauts and cosmonauts are gearing up for launches April 9 and April 22 to the International Space Station, replacing seven outgoing crew members set to land in Kazakhstan and off …

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Final two passengers named for first all-civilian mission to orbit Earth

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION Billionaire Jared Isaacman, physician assistant Hayley Arceneaux, science educator Sian Proctor, and engineer Chris Sembroski will fly into low Earth orbit on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft later this year. Credit: SpaceX The billionaire financing the SpaceX flight that will carry the first non-professional “everyday people” into orbit …

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Delta 2 rocket exhibit opens at Kennedy Space Center

United Launch Alliance’s final Delta 2 rocket is now displayed at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. ULA, U.S. Space Force, NASA, and Visitor Complex officials gathered Tuesday for a grand opening ceremony. Credit: Stephen Clark / Spaceflight Now United Launch Alliance’s final Delta 2 rocket is now on display at the Kennedy Space Center …

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