Month: April 2018
Suborbital test flight moves Blue Origin closer to launching people
The privately-developed New Shepard booster, designed and built by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’s space company Blue Origin, took off from a launch pad in West Texas, briefly flew into space with an instrumented capsule, and returned to a rocket-assisted landing Sunday in another test before humans climb aboard the suborbital spaceship.
Photos: NASA’s InSight lander buttoned up for trip to Mars
NASA to replace cracked heat shield in time for Mars 2020 rover launch
Blue Origin preps for suborbital test flight Sunday
Concerns with Indian satellite postpone next Ariane 5 launch
India’s most powerful communications satellite will soon be flown back to its manufacturing plant in Bangalore for additional checks, officials said this week, forcing Arianespace to scrap plans for an Ariane 5 launch in late May that was to be co-manifested with a U.S.-built television broadcast satellite for Intelsat and the government of Azerbaijan.
Photos: Modified Russian ballistic missile blasts off with European satellite
ULA’s heavy-lifter rolled out for solar probe launch
Gearing up for a predawn blastoff July 31, launch crews have positioned a Delta 4-Heavy rocket in the starting blocks on a seaside launch complex at Cape Canaveral as engineers inside a tightly-controlled clean room a few miles away put the final touches on a NASA probe that will travel closer to the sun than any mission before.
Long March 11 rocket delivers five commercial satellites to orbit
NASA’s new planet-hunting satellite begins climb into science orbit
Looping back near Earth for the first time since its launch one week ago, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite fired its thrusters early Wednesday to begin boosting its orbit toward the moon for a May 17 gravity assist maneuver that will help catapult the probe into its unique science orbit.