April 19, 2018
  • Spaceflight reserves two rideshare missions on Vega rocket

    April 18, 2018

    Spaceflight Industries has booked reservations for two commercial rideshare missions on Arianespace’s Vega rocket, officials announced Tuesday, beginning with a proof-of-concept flight in early 2019 of a new Italian-built multi-payload dispenser tailored to accommodate small satellites and CubeSats seeking a ride into orbit.

  • Potential contamination not a concern for space station’s new lightning instrument

    April 17, 2018

    Scientists working on a new lightning detection instrument mounted outside the International Space Station said Tuesday they expect little effect on the sensor’s performance from possible contamination from the upper stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that launched it into orbit April 2.

  • Rocket Lab postpones first commercial launch after issue during fueling test

    April 17, 2018

    Rocket Lab said Tuesday it will push back the first commercial launch of its light-class Electron rocket from New Zealand by a few weeks to address a problem uncovered during a recent fueling test.

  • NASA could extend space station stays as hedge against commercial crew delays

    April 16, 2018

    NASA is working with the Russian space agency to potentially extend crew stays on the International Space Station, the agency’s acting administrator said last week, as a cushion against expected delays in the development of commercial crew capsules by Boeing and SpaceX.

  • Falcon 9 launch timeline with TESS

    April 16, 2018

    SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday, heading east over the Atlantic Ocean to deliver NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite into orbit approximately 49 minutes after launch.

  • SpaceX poised to launch planet-hunter

    April 16, 2018

    SpaceX readied a Falcon 9 rocket for takeoff Monday to launch a planet-hunting satellite for NASA that will monitor the light from countless stars to find potentially habitable planets worthy of follow-up studies by more powerful ground- and space-based observatories.

  • Watch a replay of the Atlas 5 AFSPC 11 launch

    April 15, 2018

    Watch a replay of the Atlas 5 rocket soaring into space on 14 April carrying multiple U.S. Air Force communications and tech demo satellites.

  • Multi-satellite payload hoisted into high-altitude orbit by Atlas 5 rocket

    April 15, 2018

    A package of communications and tech demo satellites for the U.S. Air Force rode a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket into an orbit more than 20,000 miles over the equator after liftoff from Cape Canaveral Saturday evening.

  • Photos: Atlas 5 rocket blasts off for U.S. Air Force

    April 14, 2018

    An Atlas 5 rocket rumbled into space Saturday evening after lifting off from Cape Canaveral with multiple U.S. Air Force communications and tech demo satellites, and brilliant clear skies made for ideal viewing conditions shortly before sunset.

  • On the pad: Atlas 5 rocket in position for third flight of 2018

    April 14, 2018

    These photos captured on the eve of launch show a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket standing on its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, ready for blastoff on the U.S. Air Force’s AFSPC 11 mission with three satellites on-board.

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