May 22, 2019
  • ULA begins stacking Atlas 5 rocket for late June launch

    May 20, 2019

    The bronze first stage of United Launch Alliance’s next Atlas 5 rocket arrived at its Cape Canaveral launch pad Friday, where it will be joined by five solid-fueled boosters, a Centaur upper stage and a U.S. Air Force communications satellite in the coming weeks ahead of liftoff set for June 27.

  • Live coverage: SpaceX targeting Thursday night launch of Falcon 9 rocket

    May 15, 2019

    SpaceX announced Monday that the next launch attempt for the company’s Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for Thursday night, following back-to-back scrubbed launch attempts last week. The 90-minute launch window opens at 10:30 p.m. EDT Thursday (0230 GMT Friday) for the first dedicated launch for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network.

  • Long March 3C rocket launches Beidou satellite toward geostationary orbit

    May 17, 2019

    China launched a Beidou navigation satellite Friday using a Long March 3C rocket, adding another node to a growing space-based network that Chinese officials say will broadcast positioning and timing signals around the world next year.

  • Proton launch provider ILS embraces closer relationship with Roscosmos

    May 17, 2019

    International Launch Services, facing headwinds in a commercial launch market now largely shaped by billionaires and satellite miniaturization, has touted a new relationship with the Russian space agency and Glavkosmos as a means to drive down Proton rocket prices, make Russian space industry more friendly to the commercial market, and diversify its offerings.

  • SpaceX postpones Starlink launch to update satellite software

    May 17, 2019

    For the second consecutive day, SpaceX called off a Falcon 9 launch attempt at Cape Canaveral on Thursday evening, this time to complete a software update on the first 60 satellites for the company’s Starlink network to provide high-speed Internet service from orbit.

  • SpaceX releases new details on Starlink satellite design

    May 15, 2019

    The 60 satellites SpaceX is set to launch Wednesday night, beginning the build-out of a broadband network of orbiting spacecraft that could eventually number thousands, are based on a new flat-panel design, with krypton-fueled plasma thrusters, high-power antennas, and a capability to autonomously steer away from other objects in space.

  • Falcon 9 launch timeline for the Starlink 1 mission

    May 15, 2019

    Follow the key events of the Falcon 9 rocket’s ascent to orbit 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network.

  • Trump adds $1.6 billion to NASA budget request to kick start ‘Artemis’ moon mission

    May 13, 2019

    The Trump administration is adding an additional $1.6 billion to NASA’s $21 billion 2020 budget request to kick start plans to return American astronauts to the moon in 2024, four years earlier than previously planned, NASA announced Monday.

  • NASA, ULA find launch opportunity for inflatable heat shield demonstrator

    May 13, 2019

    A flight demonstration of an inflatable heat shield that could be used to retrieve reusable engines from United Launch Alliance’s next-generation Vulcan rocket, and for the delivery of heavier cargo to the surface of Mars, is planned for launch in late 2021 or early 2022 as a piggyback payload on an Atlas 5 rocket with a NOAA weather satellite.

  • Falcon 9 rocket rolled out for first dedicated Starlink launch

    May 13, 2019

    SpaceX ground teams at Cape Canaveral transferred a Falcon 9 rocket to launch pad 40 and rotated the booster vertical Monday for a preflight hold-down firing, ahead of a liftoff scheduled for Wednesday night carrying 60 satellites into orbit for the company’s planned Starlink broadband constellation.

  • Virgin Galactic to move remaining SpaceShipTwo test flights to New Mexico

    May 10, 2019

    Virgin Galactic will conduct the remaining test flights for the company’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital rocket plane from southern New Mexico after moving staff and equipment from California over the next few months, officials announced Friday.

  • X-ray communications experiment delivered to space station

    May 10, 2019

    A novel communications experiment developed by NASA and the Naval Research Laboratory has arrived at the International Space Station to prove data can be transmitted in space using X-ray signals, a breakthrough that could have uses in deep space exploration and military technology on Earth.

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