December 8, 2021
Atlas 5

Live coverage: Atlas 5 rocket launches Space Force test mission

December 7, 2021

United Launch Alliance launched an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Tuesday at 5:19 a.m. EST (1019 GMT). The mission is will deploy two U.S. Space Force technology demonstration satellites into geosynchronous orbit around seven hours after liftoff.

  • SpaceX resumes work on Starship launch pad at Kennedy Space Center

    December 6, 2021

    Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and chief executive, says crews have started construction of the first Starship orbital launch pad in Florida inside the gates of historic launch complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

  • Arianespace launches Galileo navigation satellites in final mission before Webb

    December 5, 2021

    Deployment of Europe’s independent Galileo navigation network resumed Saturday night with an on-target launch of two satellites aboard a Soyuz rocket, the final Arianespace mission from French Guiana before the historic liftoff of the James Webb Space Telescope later this month.

  • SpaceX test-fires Falcon 9 rocket ahead of NASA science probe launch

    December 4, 2021

    SpaceX completed a static fire test of a Falcon 9 rocket Saturday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in preparation for a launch Dec. 9 with the space agency’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer science mission.

  • Live coverage: Soyuz rocket lifts off from jungle launch pad with Galileo satellites

    December 3, 2021

    Two more European Galileo navigation satellites have launched from French Guiana aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket and Fregat upper stage. Arianespace called off a launch attempt Friday night due to the risk of lightning at the spaceport. Liftoff occurred for 7:19 p.m. EST Saturday (0019 GMT Sunday).

  • Live coverage: ULA delays Atlas 5 launch

    December 3, 2021

    United Launch Alliance transferred an Atlas 5 rocket from its vertical hangar to launch pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Friday. Officials scrubbed a planned launch attempt Sunday due to a leak in the kerosene fuel ground storage system at the launch pad.

  • SpaceX aces 27th Falcon 9 rocket flight of the year, a new record

    December 3, 2021

    SpaceX set a new record Thursday for the most missions by the company’s Falcon rocket family in a year, successfully sending a cargo of 48 Starlink internet satellites and two BlackSky optical Earth-imaging spacecraft into orbit from Cape Canaveral.

  • Live coverage: SpaceX launches Starlink and BlackSky satellites

    December 2, 2021

    SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket Thursday night carrying 48 Starlink internet satellites and two BlackSky Earth-imaging payloads into orbit. The mission took off from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral at 6:12 p.m. EST (2312 GMT), and the first stage landed on SpaceX’s offshore drone ship, completing its ninth trip to space and back.

  • Spacewalkers replace faulty antenna outside space station

    December 2, 2021

    Running two days late because of concerns about possibly threatening space debris, a veteran astronaut and a rookie crewmate floated outside the International Space Station Thursday and replaced a faulty antenna in a problem-free 6.5-hour spacewalk.

  • Soyuz launch to add two more satellites to Europe’s Galileo navigation network

    December 1, 2021

    Two more Galileo navigation satellites are set for liftoff Friday night from French Guiana on a Soyuz rocket, the first mission in more than three years to add to Europe’s space-based positioning and timing network. The mission was delayed from Wednesday by bad weather, then from Thursday due to the unavailability of a downrange tracking station.

  • Two BlackSky satellites hitching ride on Starlink mission

    November 30, 2021

    BlackSky said Tuesday it is launching two optical Earth observation satellites as rideshare payloads on a SpaceX Starlink mission planned for liftoff this week from Cape Canaveral. The mission is set for launch Thursday, one day later than the previous schedule.

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