Five small CubeSats were deployed from the International Space Station on Monday via NanoRacks’ commercial deployment mechanism that allows ISS to serve as an orbital launch pad for educational and commercial satellite missions of short duration.
NASA selected United Launch Alliance and its Atlas V rocket for the launch of the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission for operation by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft – orbiting Mars in a highly elliptical orbit to explore how the planet lost most of its atmosphere – had to fire its thrusters this weeks to steer clear of a collision with Mars moon Phobos on March 6.
The International Space Station completed its first orbital reboost of 2017 Thursday morning to set up the proper orbital geometry for the landing of Soyuz MS-02 with three ISS residents and the launch of the MS-04 spacecraft in April.
NASA quietly closed a deal with Boeing for up to five seats aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to expand the U.S. Crew Complement aboard the International Space Station and gain additional margin in the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.
SpaceX picked the Moon as an intermediate destination in the company’s ambitious drive towards crewed exploration of Mars and other targets in the solar system.