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1st Starliner Soars to Space on Fully Successful ULA Atlas V Launch but Thruster Mishap Scrubs Critical ISS Docking: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER/CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – Shortly after the historic maiden liftoff of Boeing’s Starliner astronaut space taxi on a fully successful ride to space aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket at sunrise Friday from the Florida Space Coast, the commercial capsule suffered a serious mishap that sent it into

Countdown Begins for Historic 1st Boeing Commercial Starliner Atlas V Launch to Space Station for NASA: Pad Photos/Watch Live

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER/CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – The countdown has begun for the historic maiden blastoff of the Boeing Starliner commercial astronaut ferry ship riding aboard a ULA Atlas V rocket on the critical uncrewed Orbital Flight Test (OFT) demonstration journey for NASA to the International Space Station (ISS) near sunrise Friday morning Dec.

Photos: SpaceX Falcon 9 Poised for Nighttime Liftoff with Asia Pacific Comsat Dec 16- Watch Live

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FIRCE STATION, FL – A twice recycled SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands poised erect for liftoff this evening Monday, Dec. 16 under beautifully clear skies carrying the Boeing-built JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 broadband internet comsat serving millions in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region – as the opening salvo of a double-barreled series of blastoffs next week

Friday the 13th Falcon 9 Static Fire Test Under Gloomy Skies Sets up SpaceX JCSAT-18 Comsat Launch Dec 16: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM Titusville, FL- A successful static fire test at lunchtime today Friday the 13th under gloomy skies of a twice flown Falcon 9 booster by SpaceX sets up the nighttime launch of the Boeing-built JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 broadband internet comsat for Japan and the Asia-Pacific region on Monday, Dec. 16 – as the opening salvo of a double-barreled series

NASA Approves Dec. 20 Liftoff for 1st Starliner Test Flight to Space Station

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER/CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – The combined NASA, Boeing, ULA team unanimously approved Dec. 20 as the date for liftoff of the history making 1st commercial Starliner test flight to the International Space Station from the Florida Space Coast – giving the “GO” after a “thorough and comprehensive” review of the human-rated

NASA Administrator Bridenstine Announces Completion of 1st SLS Core Stage Moon Rocket at Artemis Day: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM MICHOUD ASSEMBLY FACILITY, LA – NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine declared assembly completion of the 1st core stage of the agency’s mammoth Space Launch System (SLS) moon rocket during the ‘Artemis Day’ special event on Monday, Dec. 9, at the agencies huge Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bridenstine proudly showed off the first fully assembled,

ULA Completes Atlas V Countdown and Fueling Test for Boeing Starliner OFT Test Flight Reset to Dec 20: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEMKENNEDY SPACE CENTER/CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – The first fully integrated United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket and Boeing Starliner astronaut space taxi have “successfully accomplished” the critical countdown demonstration and fueling test at Launch Pad 41 on Friday, Dec 6, on the Florida Space Coast – paving the path towards launch on the