Author: Ken Kremer

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Boeing Starliner Rolls Out to Launch Pad and Mated on ULA Atlas V Rocket for Redo Test Flight to ISS: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  After more than a year of hardware and software fixes and upgrades Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crew spacecraft rolled out in the dead of night Saturday, July 17, from the company’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility (C3PF) manufacturing building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on a trek to the launch pad on

Wally Funk and Dutch Teenager to Fly with Billionaire Jeff Bezos on Blue Origin’s 1st New Shepard Human Flight to Space

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – 82-year-old Aviation pioneer Wally Funk, is all set, ready and willing to fly to space at last after she was chosen by Billionaire Jeff Bezos to fly with him as an honored guest and crew member aboard Blue Origin’s first New Shepard human flight to space on his company’s history making New

ULA Atlas V Stacked for NASA, Boeing Unpiloted Starliner Test Flight Liftoff to ISS July 30

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – United Launch Alliance (ULA) has finished stacking their Atlas V carrier rocket destined for Boeing’s second unpiloted Starliner capsule test flight on a critical mission for NASA to prove the commercial system can safely carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS)  – with liftoff of the OFT-2 flight still remaining

Richard Branson Soars to Edge of Space on ‘Journey of a Lifetime’ on Virgin Galactic Spaceplane Opening New Commercial Era

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  British Billionaire Richard Branson soared to the edge of  space on a memorable history making day Sunday morning, July 11, experiencing the ‘Journey of a Lifetime’ and fulfilling a lifelong dream aboard his own private air-launched and rocket powered Virgin Galactic VSS Unity spaceplane that was designed and developed by the rocket

Billionaire Richard Branson Set to Soar to Space on Virgin Galactic Spaceship Test Flight July 11: Watch Live

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  Billionaire Richard Branson is all set to soar to the edge of space Sunday morning, July 11, on the private rocket powered Virgin Galactic spaceplane that was designed and developed by the rocket company he founded and financed using billions of his own dollars,  on a suborbital test flight with a crew

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