March 25, 2019
Mission Reports

Rocket Lab launch with DARPA’s R3D2 satellite rescheduled for Tuesday

March 25, 2019

Rocket Lab’s launch team canceled a launch attempt Sunday in New Zealand after discovering a misbehaving video transmitter on the Electron booster set to loft a small U.S. military satellite into orbit to test an innovative antenna design. Engineers rescheduled the mission for Tuesday (U.S. time).

  • Spacewalkers hook up new batteries outside International Space Station

    March 22, 2019

    Astronauts Anne McClain and Nick Hague floated outside the International Space Station Friday to complete the installation of powerful new batteries in the lab’s solar power system, a complex task that began in 2017. Another set of batteries will be installed during another spacewalk next Friday.

  • All-Italian launch from French Guiana lofts innovative environmental satellite

    March 22, 2019

    A Vega rocket fired into orbit Thursday night from French Guiana with Italy’s PRISMA hyperspectral Earth-imaging satellite, commencing a busy period for the Vega launcher program as engineers prepare for the debut of the more powerful Vega-C booster in early 2020 and study a lighter variant to better compete in the growing smallsat launch market.

  • Live coverage: Rocket Lab scrubs Sunday launch attempt

    March 24, 2019

    Rocket Lab scrubbed a launch attempt Sunday (U.S. time) to investigate an issue with a video transmitter, and officials did not immediately set a new target launch date. The company’s Electron rocket is awaiting liftoff from Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island with a technology demonstration satellite for DARPA, the U.S. military research and development agency.

  • Vega launch timeline with PRISMA

    March 21, 2019

    The Italian PRISMA Earth observation satellite is set to ride a Vega launcher into a 382-mile-high (615-kilometer) orbit Thursday night from French Guiana on a mission that will take less than one hour from liftoff until spacecraft separation.

  • Two Minotaur launches planned this year from Virginia

    March 21, 2019

    Northrop Grumman is gearing up for up to four launches this year at Wallops Island, Virginia, including two launches with Cygnus cargo ships heading to the International Space Station, and a pair of Minotaur rocket flights carrying classified payloads into orbit for the U.S. government’s spy satellite agency.

  • Live coverage: Vega rocket launches with Italian hyperspectral imaging satellite

    March 21, 2019

    The first of up to four Vega rocket launches planned this year lifted off Thursday night from French Guiana carrying the Italian PRISMA hyperspectral Earth-imaging satellite.
    The solid-fueled launcher blasted off from the Guiana Space Center at 0150:35 GMT (9:50:35 p.m. EDT).

  • Photos: Delta 4 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral

    March 20, 2019

    A hydrogen-fueled main engine and four solid rocket boosters combined to propel a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket off its launch pad at Cape Canaveral on March 15, successfully sending a U.S. Air Force communications satellite into orbit.

  • Beresheet lander on course for the moon

    March 19, 2019

    The privately-funded Israeli Bersesheet lander is on course to enter orbit around the moon April 4 after another boost from its main engine Tuesday.

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft finds particles flying off asteroid Bennu

    March 19, 2019

    The early months of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission’s exploration of asteroid Bennu have revealed big surprises, scientists said Tuesday, including plumes of particles streaming away from the asteroid, sometimes with enough velocity for rocks to break out of Bennu’s tenuous gravitational grip and escape into space.

  • Delta 4 rocket launches Air Force’s 10th WGS broadband satellite

    March 16, 2019

    United Launch Alliance placed a new satellite in orbit with a fiery Friday night blastoff from Cape Canaveral, using a version of the Delta 4 rocket that is nearing retirement to supplement a U.S. military network relaying signals from drones and battlefield commanders.

  • Delta 4 rocket’s launch timeline with WGS 10

    March 15, 2019

    A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will deliver the U.S. Air Force’s tenth Wideband Global SATCOM communications satellite to a supersynchronous transfer orbit around 37 minutes after lifting off from Cape Canaveral.

  • Photos: Mobile gantry retracted at Delta 4 launch pad

    March 15, 2019

    hese photos show the 330-foot-tall mobile service tower moving into position for liftoff of a Delta 4 rocket from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 37B launch pad Friday.

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