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SpaceX targets January or February for first launch of world’s largest rocket

November 18, 2021

SpaceX’s team in South Texas is gearing up to be ready for the first combined launch of the Super Heavy booster and Starship mega-rocket as soon as January, assuming the company completes launch pad construction, ground testing, and secures regulatory approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, founder Elon Musk said Wednesday.

Live coverage: Rocket Lab launches two BlackSky satellites

November 18, 2021

A week after scrubbing a launch attempt to evaluate a technical issue, Rocket Lab sent two small BlackSky Earth-imaging satellites into orbit from New Zealand at 8:38 p.m. EST Wednesday (0138 GMT Thursday). Rocket Lab recovered the Electron rocket’s first stage booster from the Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX is about to break its own annual launch record

November 17, 2021

After a lull in launch activity the last few months, SpaceX plans to close out 2021 with a spurt of missions from all three of the company’s active launch pads in Florida and California, with five or more Falcon 9 flights planned before the end of the year.

French military intelligence satellites launch on Vega rocket

November 16, 2021

A European Vega rocket fired into space from French Guiana Tuesday and deployed three French military satellites to locate sources of radio and radar transmissions around the world, clearing the way for final modifications on the Vega launch pad for an uprated version of the booster set to debut next year.

U.S. officials: Space station at risk from ‘reckless’ Russian anti-satellite test

November 15, 2021

Russia shot down an old Soviet-era military spacecraft Monday in a test of an anti-satellite weapon, scattering hundreds of thousands of debris fragments that will remain in orbit for years or decades, U.S. government officials said. The crew on the International Space Station sheltered in their lifeboats Monday as the complex flew through the debris field.

Japanese Epsilon rocket launches nine small satellites

November 15, 2021

A Japanese Epsilon rocket launched nine small satellites into orbit Nov. 8, deploying technology to prove out ways to eliminate space debris, a miniature lab for biological experiments, and a potpourri of pathfinder probes to test new sensor and spacecraft components.

SpaceX launch starts deployment of new Starlink orbital shell

November 13, 2021

SpaceX shot 53 Starlink internet satellites into orbit on top of a Falcon 9 rocket Saturday from foggy Cape Canaveral, commencing a new phase of deploying the global broadband network with the first launch into a new “shell” some 335 miles above Earth.

Live coverage: SpaceX launches 53 Starlink internet satellites

November 12, 2021

SpaceX launched a reusable Falcon 9 booster on its ninth flight Saturday from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on a mission to deploy 53 more Starlink internet satellites into orbit. The mission, which was delayed from Friday due to weather, lifted off at 7:19 a.m. EST (1219 GMT), and was the first flight for SpaceX’s Starlink network to launch from Florida in nearly six months.

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