Author: Ken Kremer

Watch for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and more space and mission reports direct from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Stay tuned here for Ken's continuing Earth and Planetary science and human spaceflight news. Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space topics. Ken’s photos are for sale and he is available for lectures and outreach events.

Cygnus Cargo Freighter Arrives at Space Station with 3 Tons of Cargo, CubeSats and Cold Atom Science Lab

This view taken from inside the Cupola shows the Orbital ATK Cygnus OA-9 space freighter approaching its capture point about 10 meters from the International Space Station where it was grappled with the Canadarm2 robotic arm on May 24, 2018.  Credit: NASA Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   24 May 2018 WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, VA – Following a spectacular predawn launch

Awesome Antares Aims for Space and Soars for Space Station with Fiery Fury from Virginia Shore: Gallery

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket blasts off with Cygnus OA-9 spacecraft from Pad 0A at 4:44 a.m. EDT Monday, May 21, 2018 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to deliver 3.7 tons of research, food and gear – in this remote camera view from the launch pad. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   22 May 2018 WALLOPS FLIGHT

Orbital ATK Antares Rocket Streaks to Orbit with 3 Tons of NASA Research Bound for Space Station after Stunning Nighttime Virginia Launch: Photos

Orbital ATK Antares rocket streaks to orbit punching in and out of low, thick cloud layer in the long exposure image of the Cygnus OA-9 cargo freighter launch at 4:44 a.m. May 21, 2018 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia with 3.7 tons of science and hardware bound for the International Space Station (ISS).  Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com Ken Kremer 

Antares Goes Vertical, Cygnus Cargo Freighter Poised for Nighttime Liftoff May 21 – Photos: Watch Live

Orbital ATK Antares rocket goes vertical on pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility for the OA-9 cargo mission launch to the ISS targeted for May 21, 2018 night launch at 4:39 a.m. EDT. Credit: Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com/kenkremer.com Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   20 May 2018 WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, VA – Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket has gone vertical with the Cygnus cargo freighter bound for the International Space

Antares Rocket Rolls to Pad as Drenching Rain Delays Cargo Launch to ISS to May 21

Amidst drenching rain the Orbital ATK Antares rocket has rolled out and is horizontal on pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility for the OA-9 cargo mission launch to the ISS. It briefly peeked out of the thick ground fog and technicians are readying the rocket for May 21, 2018 night launch at 4:39 a.m. EDT. Credit: Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com/kenkremer.com Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   18 May

Thruster Firings Boost Healthy TESS Planet Hunter over Halfway to Final Science Orbit Prior to Critical May 17 Lunar Flyby: Interview

Artist’s concept of NASA’s Orbital ATK-built Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) planet hunting satellite orbiting the Earth-Moon system. Credit: NASA/Orbital ATK Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   13 May 2018 KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – NASA’s recently launched TESS planet hunting probe is healthy, operating very well, and more than halfway through the demanding regimen of on board thruster firings required

Beautiful Blastoff of Bangabandhu-1 for Bangladesh on 1st New and Improved SpaceX Falcon 9: Photos

Beautiful blastoff of Bangabandhu-1 geostationary communications satellite for nation of Bangladesh on 1st new and improved Block 5 version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on May 11, 2018 at 4:14 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida – as seen from the pad crawlerway. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   11

Technical Glitch Aborts SpaceX Launch of 1st Newly Improved Falcon 9 in Final Seconds at KSC, Reset to May 11

First newly improved SpaceX Block 5 Falcon 9 booster vents gaseous oxygen in the final seconds of countdown before aborting planned May 10, 2018 liftoff with Bangabandhu-1 geocomsat for Bangladesh on Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Launch reset to May 11. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   11 May 2018 KENNEDY SPACE CENTER,

1st Upgraded SpaceX Block 5 Falcon 9 Poised for Blastoff May 10 from KSC Carrying 1st GeoComsat for Bangladesh: Watch Live

First upgraded SpaceX Block 5 Falcon 9 booster stands erect beside a recovered Falcon Heavy side boost and poised for blastoff on May 10, 2018 with Bangabandhu-1, the 1st ever geostationary communications satellite for the nation of Bangladesh from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida.  Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   10 May 2018