August 24, 2019
  • Robot-carrying capsule launches on test flight to space station

    August 22, 2019

    With a robot rather than a cosmonaut in the commander’s seat, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft rocketed into orbit from Kazakhstan late Wednesday (U.S. time) en route to the International Space Station on a critical test flight before crews begin riding an upgraded Soyuz booster next year.

  • Live coverage: Soyuz launches from Kazakhstan

    August 22, 2019

    Russian teams launched the unpiloted Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:38 p.m. EDT Wednesday (0338 GMT Thursday) on a two-day trip to the International Space Station. The spaceship — with a robot passenger — launched on a test flight with an upgraded model of the Soyuz rocket that will begin carrying crews into orbit next year.

  • Russians ready unpiloted Soyuz capsule for launch

    August 22, 2019

    An unpiloted Russian Soyuz spacecraft, with a humanoid robot in the commander’s seat instead of a cosmonaut, is scheduled for liftoff late Wednesday (U.S. time) from Kazakhstan on a test flight to verify the spaceship’s compatibility with the new-generation Soyuz-2.1a rocket set to begin launching crews to the International Space Station next year.

  • Astrobotic lunar lander to launch on ULA’s first Vulcan rocket

    August 20, 2019

    Astrobotic, a Pittsburgh-based company developing a robotic lunar lander, will launch its first moon mission under contract to NASA on the debut flight of United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan Centaur rocket in 2021, officials announced Monday.

  • Chinasat 18 communications satellite encounters problem after launch

    August 20, 2019

    A communications satellite designed to deliver broadband services to rural China, airline passengers and maritime vessels suffered “abnormalities” after separating from its Long March 3B launcher Monday, Chinese state media confirmed Tuesday.

  • Chandrayaan 2 arrives in lunar orbit, targets moon landing next month

    August 20, 2019

    India’s Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft braked into orbit around the moon Tuesday, positioning the robotic science mission for a landing in the moon’s south pole region Sept. 6.

  • Rocket Lab launch fulfills initial block of BlackSky Earth-imaging satellites

    August 19, 2019

    The fourth and last spacecraft in BlackSky’s initial flock of commercial Earth-imaging microsatellites successfully launched Monday aboard a Rocket Lab Electron rocket with three other payloads, setting the stage for the final assembly and launch of at least 20 more BlackSky orbiting surveillance platforms starting later this year.

  • Launch providers announce rideshare missions large and small

    August 19, 2019

    SpaceX and Arianespace recently announced plans to launch rideshare missions to sun-synchronous and geostationary orbit, dedicating big rocket capacity for small satellites as the U.S.-based launch broker Spaceflight committed to using a new Indian microsatellite launcher set to debut later this year.

  • China’s Jielong 1 smallsat launcher successful on first flight

    August 17, 2019

    A solid-fueled small satellite launcher named Jielong 1 fired into orbit Saturday on its first flight from northwestern China, debuting a new rocket developed by a spinoff of China’s state-owned launch vehicle manufacturer using a “commercial business model.”

  • NASA directs Alabama space center to manage lunar lander program

    August 16, 2019

    Despite protests from Texas lawmakers, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will manage the agency’s plans to build a lunar landing system that will carry the next man and the first woman to the surface of the moon in 2024, agency Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Friday.

  • Live coverage: Rocket Lab launches four satellites

    August 16, 2019

    Three days after high winds scrubbed a launch attempt Friday, Rocket Lab launched an Electron rocket with four satellites from New Zealand at 1212 GMT (8:12 a.m. EDT) Monday.

  • Smallsat companies teaming up on deorbit experiment

    August 15, 2019

    TriSept Corp. has announced plans for a commercial technology demonstration mission set for launch next year on a Rocket Lab Electron vehicle to test a deployable conductive tape, made by Tethers Unlimited, that could help small satellites more quickly fall out of orbit at the end of their missions.

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