January 29, 2020
Falcon 9

Live coverage: SpaceX gears up for another launch attempt Wednesday

January 27, 2020

SpaceX will try again Wednesday at 9:06 a.m. EST (1406 GMT) to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral with 60 satellites for the company’s Starlink Internet network. Previous attempts to launch the mission have been stymied by strong upper level winds and rough seas in the Falcon 9’s downrange recovery area northeast of Cape Canaveral.

  • SpaceX scrubs Starlink launch due to winds aloft, will try again Wednesday

    January 27, 2020

    SpaceX called off a scheduled launch of a Falcon 9 rocket about a half-hour before liftoff from Cape Canaveral Monday due to strong upper level winds, and officials aim to try again to send 60 Starlink Internet satellites into orbit Wednesday after bypassing a planned launch attempt Tuesday due to poor weather in the offshore booster recovery area.

  • Launch of Japanese spy satellite postponed by nitrogen leak

    January 27, 2020

    Japanese officials halted a countdown Monday at the Tanegashima Space Center when teams overseeing preparations for launch of an H-2A rocket detected a nitrogen gas leak, prompting the return of the launcher and its Japanese government payload to a nearby assembly building for repairs.

  • Bipartisan House bill spurns 2024 moon landing goal, favoring focus on Mars

    January 26, 2020

    A NASA authorization bill released by the House Science Committee Friday proposes major changes to the direction of the agency’s human spaceflight programs, with a goal to land crews on the moon by 2028, not the 2024 schedule set by the Trump administration.

  • Solar Orbiter launch delayed to Feb. 7

    January 26, 2020

    Officials have delayed the launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket with the European-built Solar Orbiter spacecraft from Cape Canaveral by two days to Feb. 7, a ripple effect from time spent fixing a minor issue last week during a launch vehicle countdown dress rehearsal.

  • SpaceX wins contract to launch Egyptian communications satellite

    January 25, 2020

    SpaceX and the Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat have signed a contract to launch the Nilesat 301 communications craft on a Falcon 9 rocket in 2022, SpaceX confirmed this week.

  • Astronauts finish repairs to space station cosmic ray detector

    January 25, 2020

    During a fourth spacewalk Saturday to wrap up repairs of the coolant system in a $2 billion cosmic ray detector, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and Drew Morgan discovered a leak in one of eight coolant lines that were spliced into a new pump module during three earlier excursions. But Parmitano was able to tighten a fitting on the line and the astronauts were able to complete the repair work, setting the stage for the instrument to resume science operations.

  • ULA team completes countdown practice run before Solar Orbiter launch

    January 24, 2020

    United Launch Alliance teams loaded super-cold liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen into an Atlas 5 rocket Friday at Cape Canaveral during a countdown dress rehearsal for a planned launch next month with the Solar Orbiter mission, a robotic spacecraft to study the origins of the solar wind and image the sun’s poles for the first time.

  • Photos: Solar Orbiter encapsulated inside launch shroud

    January 24, 2020

    The Airbus-built Solar Orbiter spacecraft has been closed up inside the payload fairing of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket in preparation for liftoff from Cape Canaveral in February on a joint mission between the European Space Agency and NASA.

  • Prototypes for new Chinese crew capsule and space station arrive at launch site

    January 24, 2020

    The next flight of China’s heavy-lift Long March 5 rocket will debut a new configuration designed to launch modules for a Chinese space station. But a demonstration launch of the Long March 5B booster scheduled as soon as April will instead carry a prototype of China’s next-generation deep space crew capsule into orbit on an unpiloted test flight.

  • SpaceX releases preliminary results from Crew Dragon abort test

    January 23, 2020

    Data from the Jan. 19 in-flight launch escape demonstration of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft indicate the performance of the capsule’s SuperDraco abort engines was “flawless” as the thrusters boosted the ship away from the top of a Falcon 9 rocket with a peak acceleration of about 3.3Gs, officials said Thursday.

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