December 8, 2021

SpaceX rocket hauls 88 small satellites into polar orbit

June 30, 2021

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket and 88 small satellites from Cape Canaveral Wednesday, sending the rideshare payloads on a southerly track into a polar orbit and notching the eighth successful flight of a reusable booster that debuted exactly one year ago.

Live coverage: Virgin’s small satellite launcher streaks into orbit

June 30, 2021

Virgin Orbit performed its first operational launch Wednesday, when the company’s Boeing 747 carrier aircraft released a liquid-fueled LauncherOne rocket over the Pacific Ocean southwest of Los Angeles to fire into orbit with seven CubeSats for the U.S. military, the Dutch military, and the Polish company SatRevolution. Release of the rocket occurred at approximately 10:47 a.m. EDT (7:47 a.m. PDT; 1447 GMT).

Russia successfully launches space station resupply ship

June 29, 2021

A Russian Progress supply ship launched Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, commencing a two-day chase of the International Space Station with more than 5,000 pounds of fuel, water, spare parts, and experiments.

Cygnus supply ship departs space station after four-month mission

June 29, 2021

A Cygnus spacecraft owned by Northrop Grumman departed the International Space Station Tuesday, concluding a four-month mission that delivered more than 8,000 pounds of cargo. The automated resupply freighter will deploy five small CubeSats before re-entering the atmosphere and burning up over the Pacific Ocean.

Live coverage: SpaceX launches smallsat rideshare mission into polar orbit

June 29, 2021

A day after a last-minute scrub caused by an aircraft in restricted airspace, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket at 3:31 p.m. EDT (1931 GMT) Wednesday from Cape Canaveral. The rocket carried 88 small satellites into polar orbit. The vehicle’s first stage successfully returned to Cape Canaveral for landing about eight-and-a-half minutes after liftoff.

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