January 24, 2021
Falcon 9

Live coverage: SpaceX scrubs Falcon 9 launch attempt, next try Sunday

January 23, 2021

SpaceX is set to launch the first in a series of small satellite rideshare missions Saturday from Cape Canaveral, providing transportation for 143 U.S. and international spacecraft to low Earth orbit, a record number of satellites on a single flight. Liftoff is scheduled for 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT) Sunday after bad weather forced SpaceX to scrub a launch attempt Saturday morning.

  • Rocket Lab launches communications satellite for OHB

    January 20, 2021

    A mysterious small satellite built by the German company OHB, purported to be a pathfinder for a Chinese-owned communications constellation, took off from New Zealand Wednesday and soared into orbit on top of a Rocket Lab Electron launcher.

  • Live coverage: SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites

    January 20, 2021

    SpaceX launched another batch of 60 Starlink internet satellites Wednesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The broadband stations lifted off at 8:02 a.m. EST (1302 GMT) aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

  • NASA gives up on salvaging InSight Mars lander’s ‘mole’

    January 19, 2021

    NASA managers tried for the last time earlier this month to coax the InSight lander’s long-stuck subsurface heat probe into the Martian soil, but after seeing no more progress, ground teams decided to end their efforts and focus on the mission’s other science objectives.

  • Hydraulic system issue triggered early engine shutdown during SLS test-firing

    January 19, 2021

    NASA officials said Tuesday the weekend test-firing of the Space Launch System moon rocket’s core stage was cut short by an out-of-limits parameter in a hydraulic system for gimbaling, or vectoring, one of its engines. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told Spaceflight Now engineers are “feeling pretty good” about the data gathered during the shortened test-firing, and managers may decide to ship the SLS core stage to the Kennedy Space Center for launch preparations without re-attempting the planned eight-minute hot fire.

  • Boeing making progress on Starliner software for test flight in March

    January 18, 2021

    Boeing said Monday it has re-qualified software for the company’s Starliner crew capsule after programming errors cut short the spacecraft’s first orbital test flight in 2019, and technicians at the Kennedy Space Center have connected the crew and service modules for the next unpiloted Starliner test flight to the International Space Station in March.

  • 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 have pushed back the launch until Wednesday.

  • 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.

  • NASA studying cause of early end to 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.

  • Video: SLS core stage test-firing ends early

    January 16, 2021

    The four RS-25 engines at the bottom of NASA’s first Space Launch System core stage shut down about a minute into a ground test-firing Saturday that was supposed to last more than eight minutes.

  • NASA takes a chance on Virgin Orbit with company’s second test launch

    January 16, 2021

    On its second launch attempt after a propulsion problem prevented its light-class air-dropped rocket from reaching space last year, Virgin Orbit will try to deliver 10 experimental CubeSats into orbit as soon as Sunday on a mission booked by NASA five years ago for $4.7 million.

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