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.

SpaceX Launches 88 Rideshare Sats and Lands 1 Day After Helicopter No Fly Zone Intrusion Forces Scrub: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL – Under heavily overcast skies a veteran and heavily sooted SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 88 small satellites into polar orbit Wednesday afternoon, June 30 one day after the liftoff was scrubbed when a private helicopter suddenly intruded into restricted airspace violating the no fly zone in the final moments

Rogue Aircraft Scrubs SpaceX Transporter-2 Rideshare Liftoff Recycled to June 30: Watch Live/Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL – In the final moments of the countdown a rogue aircraft flew into the range exclusion zone violating restricted airspace and scrubbed today’s, (June 29) planned launch of a veteran SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in an unexpected and very undesired twist to the disappointment of all involved including the launch

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Notches 8th Successful Flight with Touchdown at New Airfield After Software Upgrade

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA’s groundbreaking Ingenuity Helicopter notched its 8th successful test flight on the Red Planet this week traveling for more than a minute and achieving a soft touchdown at another new ‘airfield’ – the fifth – after being upgraded with new flight software utilized for the 1st time now on its 3rd operational

SpaceX Completes Successful Falcon 9 Static Fire Test Then Postpones Transporter-2 Rideshare Liftoff: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM TITUSVILLE, FL – After completing a successful static fire test of the Falcon 9 first stage booster on Tuesday afternoon, June 22, SpaceX unexpectedly announced two days later Thursday, June 24, that the planned launch of their second dedicated rideshare mission Transporter-2 carrying over 80 small satellites and slated for Friday afternoon, June 25, would be

NASA and Boeing Target July 30 Liftoff for Critical Unpiloted Starliner Test Flight to ISS

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  NASA and Boeing are targeting July 30 for liftoff of the Starliner’s second unpiloted test flight atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida’s Spaceport on a critical mission to prove the commercial system can safely carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS), following a botched first test

ULA Atlas V Rocket for NASA Boeing Starliner Crew Test Flight to ISS Unloaded and Shipped to Cape Launch Site: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL – In a major step towards launching NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) the components for the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket that will propel the Boeing Starliner commercial crew capsule to space were offloaded from the delivery ship R/S Rocketship Monday, June 21 after arrival

SpaceX Launches GPS III National Security Satellite on 1st Reused Rocket Approved by Space Force: Photos

CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL – SpaceX successfully launched the newest next generation GPS III series navigation satellite with enhanced timing, speed and antijamming capabilities for the U.S. military on the 1st ever recycled Falcon 9 rocket approved for use on a national security mission for the Space Force to medium Earth orbit at lunchtime Thursday, June 17 from