Space News

There will be a new spacecraft launching from Cape Canaveral.  NASA has awarded the new round of contracts to send cargo to the International Space Station, and one of the winners is Sierra Nevada Corporation, with their innovative Dream Chaser spacecraft.  Rick Glasby gives us a glimpse of what it will look like.

SpaceX made history Monday evening at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station by launching a rocket, and then landing the rocket booster back on Earth.  WFIT’s Rick Glasby reports.

SpaceX is targeting a launch of its Falcon 9 rocket for Monday night at 8:33 PM.  This would be the first launch of a Falcon 9 since last June’s mishap, when the rocket exploded shortly after lift-off.  This may also be the first time that SpaceX attempts to land the 14-story-tall rocket booster back on land.  Expect a sonic boom about 10 minutes after lift-off if all goes as planned as the booster returns to Earth.  WFIT’s Rick Glasby files this video report.

Blue Origin

Commercial space company Blue Origin launched AND landed a rocket on November 23rd.  The key phrase in that sentence is “landed a rocket.”  WFIT’S Rick Glasby reports.

NASA contractor Orbital ATK will be sending 7,000 pounds of supplies, science and research to the International Space Station aboard its Cygnus spacecraft.  The launch is targeted for Thursday, December 3 around 6PM.   WFIT’s Rick Glasby was at the Kennedy Space Center in the clean room where workers were preparing the spacecraft, and he files this report.