January 18, 2021
Mission Reports

Virgin’s satellite launcher reaches orbit for first time

January 18, 2021

An air-launched rocket built by Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reached orbit Sunday for the first time, delivering 10 experimental CubeSats for NASA and positioning the company for the start of commercial operations.

  • SpaceX rolls out Falcon 9 rocket for another Starlink mission

    January 18, 2021

    SpaceX rolled out a Falcon 9 rocket Sunday night to pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for liftoff with the next 60 Starlink internet satellites, but officials pushed back the launch by 24 hours until Tuesday to await improved weather in the offshore booster recovery zone.

  • NASA studying cause of early end to NASA moon rocket test-firing

    January 17, 2021

    A critical test-firing of NASA’s Space Launch System moon rocket in Mississippi ended just 67 seconds after it began Saturday, well short of a planned eight-minute burn that was supposed to clear the way for the space agency to finally ship the rocket’s core stage to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for launch preparations.

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