Starliner Astronauts Visit KSC To See Spacecraft They Will Soon Fly On

The first crew who will fly Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner to space next year on ‘Crew Flight Test 1’  pose for a photo in front of their vehicle in Boeing’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility (C3PF), as it is being processed for the mission. From left to right: NASA astronaut Eric Boe, Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson, and NASA astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann – who will be making her first trip to space on the mission. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

The first astronauts for Boeing’s first crewed Starliner flights paid a visit to Kennedy Space Center in Florida last week, to meet with engineers and see the spacecraft they will actually fly on starting next year, and check out the progress in Boeing’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility (or C3PF), which was formally an Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) and main engine shop for the space shuttle.

It was the first time both crews visited their spacecraft together to see the building and testing of their vehicles taking place, following NASA”s recent announcement of which astronauts will fly the first commercial crew missions to the International Space Station (ISS).

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'Safing In Work': Remembering Discovery's Almost-Liftoff, On This Day a Quarter-Century Ago

After a month-long wait for launch, following a harrowing pad abort on 12 August 1993, STS-51 thunders into space on 12 September. Photo Credit: NASA

“T-minus 30 seconds…”

The words of launch commentator George Diller at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida at 9:12 a.m. EDT on 12 August 1993—a quarter-century ago, this morning—were calm and measured, as all eyes focused on shuttle Discovery in the final moments of her countdown to fly STS-51. The planned nine-day mission was destined to deploy an advanced NASA communications satellite and release and retrieve an ultraviolet telescope on a German-built Shuttle Pallet Satellite (SPAS), as well as perform a six-hour spacewalk. Yet STS-51 had struggled to get off the ground.

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Delta-IV Heavy Lofts NASA's Parker Solar Probe on Landmark Mission to the Sun

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe takes flight atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket at 3:31am EDT Aug 12, 2018. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSPace.com

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) is on its way to the sun, after a successful launch early this morning atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket from launch complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL. Liftoff of the $1.5 billion mission, the first ever to ‘touch’ the sun, occurred on time at 3:31am EDT, rising like a sun of its own atop three pillars of fire and 2.1 million pounds of thrust from ULA’s 232-foot tall Delta IV Heavy rocket, taking off due east & sailing into clear skies.

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LIVE COVERAGE: Watch Delta IV Heavy Launch Parker Solar Probe Late Tonight

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe atop ULA/s Delta IV Heavy this evening at Cape Canaveral, counting down to a 3:33am EDT liftoff to ‘touch’ the sun. Mars is visible to the upper left. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

UPDATE: New launch time tonight now targeting 3:53am EDT.

Original Story:  Liftoff of NASA’s $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe mission, the first ever to ‘touch’ the sun, is scheduled for liftoff at 3:33 a.m. EDT atop a 232-foot tall United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex-37B, at the opening of a 65-minute launch window. The weather forecast currently calls for a 70% chance of favorable conditions for launch.

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Parker Solar Probe Cleared For Launch to the Sun Saturday at 3:33am EDT

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission and launch teams today concluded a successful Launch Readiness Review, finding no technical issues at this time, giving a GO for liftoff on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 3:33 a.m. EDT on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral. Photo Credit: NASA

Mission and launch teams for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe gave the GO for flight Saturday morning (Aug 11), after concluding a successful Launch Readiness Review today and finding no technical issues. Liftoff of the $1.5 billion mission, the first ever to ‘touch’ the sun, is scheduled for liftoff at 3:33 a.m. EDT atop a 232-foot tall United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex-37B, at the opening of a 65-minute launch window. The weather forecast currently calls for a 70% chance of favorable conditions for launch.

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Parker Solar Probe: The Science of 'Touching the Sun'

In only a few days, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be launched to “Touch the Sun.” Image Credit: NASA

With the upcoming launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) scientists are about to reach out and “touch the Sun” for the first time ever. The probe will fly through the incredibly hostile atmosphere of the Sun, where it will study the physics behind how heat and energy flow through the atmosphere, and also aim to better understand the solar wind, which can bring down our power grids and cripple satellites, as well as give us fantastic displays of the Aurora Borealis.

PSP is scheduled to launch on Aug. 11, 2018 at 3:33 a.m. EDT, at the opening of a 65-minute window, and the weather forecast from the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing expects an 80% chance of favorable conditions for liftoff. The launch window shifts 2 minutes earlier each day after as well, should the launch delay beyond Aug 11.

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Air Force AEHF-4 Satellite Arrives in Florida for October Atlas V Launch

Lockheed Martin’s fourth AEHF satellite in processing before being shipped to Cape Canaveral for launch atop a ULA Atlas V rocket in October for the U.S. Air Force. Two other AEHF satellites are in production as well. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Air Force’s fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-4) satellite, which will become part of a constellation to replace the outdated Milstar network in providing fast and secure communications to link U.S. and allied civilian leaders with warfighters and military assets, anywhere in the world, has arrived at Cape Canaveral for launch as soon as early October.

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SpaceX Launches, Lands First Reused ‘Block 5’ on 60th Falcon 9 Launch with Merah Putih Satellite

Launch of Merah Putih on the first reused SpaceX’ ‘Block 5’ Falcon 9 rocket, marking the 60th Falcon 9 mission on Aug 7, 2018. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Two weeks after seeing off the heavyweight Telstar 19V mission for Ottawa, Canada-based Telesat, Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., was back in action in the early hours of Tuesday, 7 August, to deliver a powerful communications satellite to geostationary orbit for Indonesia. Telkom-4, also known as “Merah Putih”, was lofted atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, on SpaceX’s 60th Falcon 9 mission, to replace the failed Telkom-1 at 108 degrees East longitude. During a planned 15 years of operational service, Telkom-4’s 60 C-band transponders will enhance internet and telephone services throughout Indonesia’s 17,000 islands, together with India and Southeast Asia.

Today’s mission saw the first reuse of a Block 5 first stage too, which had previously seen service on the Bangabandhu-1 launch in May.

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PHOTOS: Parker Solar Probe Hoisted Atop Delta-IV Heavy for Launch August 11

Encapsulated in its payload fairing, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is mated to a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37 on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Liftoff is targeting Aug 11 at 3:33am EDT. Photo Credit: NASA

The first spacecraft in history destined to ‘touch’ a star was secured atop ULA’s powerhouse Delta-IV Heavy rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s beachside launch complex-37 in Florida last week, as the countdown moves forward towards a 3:33 a.m. EDT liftoff on August 11 to send NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) on its way to the sun. 

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SpaceX to Fly First Reused 'Block 5' on 60th Falcon 9 Launch Tonight with Merah Putih Satellite

A sooty used Falcon 9 ‘Block 5’ stands ready to launch its second mission tonight with the Merah Putih satellite for Indonesia from cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX is ready to launch another mission late tonight from launch complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, aiming to deploy Indonesia’s Telkom-4 “Merah Putih” communications satellite into geostationary orbit. Additionally, the launch will mark the 60th flight of the Falcon 9 rocket, and the first time SpaceX will reuse a ‘Block 5’, as the company works towards a rapid turnaround and fully-reusable launch system.

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