December 9, 2022

SpaceX closes out quartet of Starlink launches from Vandenberg

August 31, 2022

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with 46 more Starlink internet satellites overnight Wednesday from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, completing a quartet of rapid-fire polar orbit Starlink missions from the West Coast spaceport since mid-July.

NASA targets Saturday for next moon rocket launch attempt

August 30, 2022

NASA will make a second attempt to launch the agency’s giant Space Launch System rocket Saturday on a delayed test flight to send an unpiloted Orion crew capsule on a flight around the moon and back, a major milestone in the agency’s ambitious Artemis program.

SLS launch scrubbed after weather delay, engine cooling issue

August 29, 2022

Engineers fueled the Space Launch System moon rocket for blastoff Monday on NASA’s long-overdue Artemis 1 test flight, but stormy weather, brief indications of a hydrogen leak, trouble cooling one of the four main engines and then a valve glitch forced managers to call off the countdown.

Live coverage: NASA targets Saturday for next Artemis 1 launch attempt

August 29, 2022

The countdown for liftoff of NASA’s first Space Launch System moon rocket, the most powerful launcher ever to fly from U.S. soil, was scrubbed Monday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after teams encountered an issue conditioning one of the four main engines. The next opportunity to launch will be Saturday, Sept. 3. The 32-story-tall rocket will boost a human-rated Orion crew capsule on an unpiloted journey around the moon and back to Earth.

Photos: Aerial survey of Kennedy Space Center on the eve of Artemis 1

August 28, 2022

Spaceflight Now took an aerial tour around the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the days before the scheduled launch of NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket. These images captured by Walter Scriptunas II show the the powerful moon rocket on its launch pad, plus SpaceX’s ongoing work to ready the spaceport for the huge commercial Starship rocket.

SpaceX launch sets record for Falcon 9 payload mass

August 27, 2022

SpaceX hauled another 54 Starlink internet satellites into orbit Saturday night from Cape Canaveral, setting a record for the heaviest payload ever launched by a Falcon 9 rocket. The launch occurred days after SpaceX and T-Mobile unveiled plans to use a new generation of Starlink spacecraft to provide ubiquitous connectivity to existing cell phones.

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