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.

Atlas V Magnificent Midnight March To Orbit Delivers Air Force AEHF-4 Satellite for Secure Military Communications: Photos

Streaking to Orbit: United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Advanced Extremely High Frequency AEHF-4 jam resistant military communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force blasts off shortly after midnight liftoff to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) in this long duration exposure photo on Oct. 17, 2018 at 12:15 a.m. ET from Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force

ULA Ready for Nightime Liftoff of USAF AEHF-4 National Security Relay Comsat Oct 17 on Mighty Atlas V: Pad Photos, Watch Live

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-4 milcomsat for the U.S. Air Force is poised for midnight liftoff to GTO on Oct. 17, 2018 at 12:15 a.m. ET from Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on a national security mission. Credit: Ken Kremer/ Ken Kremer  —  —   16 October 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL

Air Force Awards Trio of Rocket Development Contracts to ULA, Northrop Grumman, Blue Origin but Not SpaceX

USAF awarded contracts valued at over $2 Billion to ULA, Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin to develop new prototype rockets for National Security Space launches.  Collage Credit: Ken Kremer/ Ken Kremer  —  —   12 October 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  The U.S. Air Force announced a trio of contracts to develop rocket prototypes for future National Security Space launches

Astronaut Cosmonaut Crew Safe After Soyuz Launch Abort to Space Station: NASA Photos, Video

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft is launched with Expedition 57 Flight Engineer Nick Hague of NASA and Flight Engineer Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. During the Soyuz spacecraft’s climb to orbit, an anomaly occurred, resulting in an abort downrange. The crew was quickly recovered and is in good condition. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill

OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sampler Completes 1st Engine Firing for Final Approach to Target Bennu

Illustration of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft during a burn of its main engine for arrival at target Asteroid Bennu in Dec. 2018.  Credit: University of Arizona Ken Kremer  —  —   9 October 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sampling spacecraft successfully completed the first in a series of critical main engine firings in early October that significantly slowed

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope Enters Safe Mode After Gyro Glitch

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in Earth orbit.  Credit: NASA Ken Kremer  —  —   9 October 2018 TITUSVILLE, FL – NASA’s premiere space observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, entered safe mode after suffering a serious glitch with one its onboard gyroscopes this past Friday, Oct. 5.  One of the current gyros used to aim and stabilize the telescope has failed.

Encapsulated Air Force AEHF-4 National Security MilSatCom Rolls to Cape Launch Pad for Oct 17 Blastoff: Photos

Advanced Extremely High Frequency-4 (AEHF-4) jam-resistant national security military communications satellite for U.S. Air Force Space Command is encapsulated in 5 meter RUAG Space payload fairing as it rolls overnight Oct. 5, 2018 with convoy from Astrotech processing facility, Titusville, FL on public highways to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL for upcoming night launch Oct. 17, 2018 on most

NASA Confirms Boeing, SpaceX Slip Debut Commercial Crew Test Flights to ISS to 2019

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry as companies develop a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems to carry crews safely to and from low-Earth orbit – the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing CST-100 Starliner. Initial test launches for both have slipped to 2019. Credits: NASA Ken Kremer  —  —   5 October 2018 CAPE