Relativity Space’s 10-story-tall Terran 1 rocket will encounter the most extreme aerodynamic forces of its eight-minute test flight around 80 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral. That’s a key moment when the company’s engineers hope to confirm the 3D-printed rocket can withstand the rigors of launch.
Japan’s new H3 rocket launched on its first test flight Monday at 8:37 p.m. EST (0137 GMT Tuesday), but faltered before reaching orbit when the second stage apparently failed to ignite about five minutes into the mission. The H3 rocket and Japan’s ALOS 3 land imaging satellite were destroyed in the failure.
SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavour spacecraft linked up with the International Space Station Friday, delivering two NASA astronauts, an Emirati astronaut, and a Russian cosmonaut to the complex after a short delay for ground teams to uplink a software fix to mask a bad sensor on the capsule’s docking mechanism.