April 19, 2019

Live coverage: Cygnus supply ship arrives at International Space Station

April 17, 2019

A day-and-a-half after launching from Virginia aboard an Antares rocket, a Northrop Grumman Cygnus supply ship loaded with nearly 7,600 pounds of experiments and provisions arrived at the International Space Station on Friday. Astronaut Anne McClain captured the Cygnus spacecraft with the space station’s Canadian-built robotic arm at 5:28 a.m. EDT (0928 GMT).

  • Antares launch timeline on the NG-11 mission

    April 17, 2019

    Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket will deliver a Cygnus supply ship into orbit Wednesday to begin a day-and-a-half pursuit of the International Space Station.

  • Stricken with fuel leak, Intelsat 29e seen drifting in geostationary orbit

    April 15, 2019

    A Boeing-built Intelsat communications satellite launched three years ago is drifting in geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles over the equator after suffering a fuel leak and releasing debris fragments last week, according to an analysis by space surveillance experts.

  • Photos: Stratolaunch’s giant airplane flies over Mojave

    April 13, 2019

    Stratolaunch’s rocket carrier jet, the largest aircraft in the world by wing span, took off Saturday morning from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California for its first test flight.

  • World’s largest airplane completes first flight

    April 13, 2019

    Built for hauling rockets aloft to launch satellites, the world’s biggest airplane landed Saturday after a widely-anticipated test flight over California’s Mojave Desert, six months after the death of billionaire benefactor Paul Allen clouded the future of the project.

  • SpaceX retrieves Falcon Heavy fairings from sea for reuse on future launch

    April 12, 2019

    SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk said Thursday that the company’s recovery fleet in the Atlantic Ocean recovered the two halves of the Falcon Heavy’s payload shroud after the heavy-lifter’s second launch from the Kennedy Space Center. Musk said the company plans to reuse the fairing for the first time later this year.

  • SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy successful in commercial debut

    April 11, 2019

    On its second flight, SpaceX’s mammoth Falcon Heavy rocket hurled an Arabsat communications satellite the size of a school bus nearly one-quarter the way to the moon Thursday, days after NASA’s administrator identified the privately-developed rocket as a backup to the agency’s behind-schedule Space Launch System for sending astronauts back to the lunar surface.

  • Photos: SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy fires into a clear evening sky

    April 11, 2019

    Soaring into a clear early evening sky, SpaceX’s second Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off from a seaside launch complex Thursday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida before a crowd of thousands of space enthusiasts.

  • Israeli probe crashes in attempt to become first privately-funded moon lander

    April 11, 2019

    An Israeli-built spacecraft seeking to become the first privately-developed probe to land on the moon crashed on descent Thursday, but the mission was widely lauded as a breakthrough for the commercial space industry, and Israeli prime minster Benjamin Netanyahu said the country would try again.

  • Live coverage: Israel’s Beresheet lander lost during descent to the moon

    April 11, 2019

    The privately-funded, Israeli-built Beresheet spacecraft failed Thursday during its historic attempt to land on the moon, seeking to become the first mission to reach the lunar surface without significant government backing. The landing was expected to occur at 1925 GMT (3:25 p.m. EDT).

  • Watch the Falcon Heavy go upright at launch pad 39A

    April 11, 2019

    The Falcon Heavy is lifted upright at launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on April 10, 2019, in this time-lapse video.

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