December 13, 2017
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Blue Origin launches New Shepard test flight

December 13, 2017

Blue Origin, owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, launched a reusable New Shepard sub-orbital rocket from the company’s west Texas launch site Tuesday, boosting an unpiloted crew capsule out of the dense lower atmosphere for a brief foray into space before a parachute descent to Earth.

News Headlines

  • SpaceX cargo launch slips to Friday, allowing for additional rocket inspections

    December 13, 2017

    SpaceX has delayed liftoff of its next cargo ship bound for the International Space Station until Friday, setting up a one-shot attempt to launch the commercial supply carrier from Cape Canaveral before a potential slip to late December due to high solar angles in orbit.

  • Live coverage: Ariane 5 blasts off with Galileo satellite quartet

    December 12, 2017

    Four European navigation satellites fastened on top of an Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from Kourou, French Guiana, at 1836:07 GMT (1:36:07 p.m. EST) Tuesday to propel the Galileo navigation network closer to global service. The Ariane 5’s upper stage delivered the spacecraft to a circular orbit more than 14,000 miles above Earth around four hours after launch.

  • Electron countdown aborted at engine start, next launch attempt Wednesday

    December 12, 2017

    Rocket Lab counted down to the second test flight of its commercial Electron satellite launcher Monday, U.S. time, but a dramatic computer-commanded abort triggered moments after its engines ignited kept the light-class booster on its New Zealand launch pad for at least two more days.

  • Photos: Ariane 5 rocket arrives at launch pad in French Guiana

    December 11, 2017

    Mounted on a mobile platform, a European Ariane 5 rocket followed dual rail tracks across the Guiana Space Center in South America on the way to its jungle launch complex Monday, a day before its scheduled blastoff with four satellites to expand Europe’s independent navigation network.

  • SpaceX to restore upgraded launch pad to service with Wednesday cargo flight

    December 11, 2017

    Ready to double its Florida launch capacity with two pads, SpaceX is preparing to loft a reused robotic cargo ship toward the International Space Station Wednesday with a recycled Falcon 9 booster, debuting a rebuilt launch complex knocked offline more than a year ago in a fiery blast during pre-flight testing.

  • President Trump makes moon missions NASA’s near-term goal

    December 11, 2017

    In a brief White House ceremony Monday, President Trump formally directed NASA to set its sights on sending astronauts back to the moon followed by eventual flights to Mars as part of a new national space policy intended to make sure America “once again leads and inspires all of humanity” on the high frontier.

  • Live coverage: Electron rocket’s second test launch aborted at ignition

    December 10, 2017

    Liftoff of a commercial Rocket Lab Electron rocket was aborted as its engines ignited on a launch pad in New Zealand Monday night, U.S. time, prompting officials to postpone the test flight to another day. The commercial rocket will lift off from New Zealand’s North Island with three small satellites. Rocket Lab plans to webcast the test flight live when it occurs.

  • Launch timeline for the Electron rocket’s second test flight

    December 10, 2017

    Rocket Lab’s light-class Electron launcher is set to take off on its second orbital test flight from New Zealand, aiming to deliver three small shoebox-sized CubeSats into low Earth orbit for Planet and Spire.

  • Chinese rocket launches with first Algerian communications satellite

    December 10, 2017

    A Chinese-built telecom satellite for Algeria successfully launched Sunday aboard a Long March 3B rocket, heading toward a perch more than 22,000 miles over the equator to provide television broadcasts, broadband Internet, remote education and emergency communications services.

  • Blue Origin could fly new suborbital vehicle this week

    December 10, 2017

    An airspace restriction over West Texas posted on the Federal Aviation Administration’s website and filed by Blue Origin suggests the company founded by Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos could launch its upgraded reusable New Shepard suborbital booster for the first time this week.

  • Live coverage: SpaceX delays cargo launch to International Space Station to Friday

    December 11, 2017

    Liftoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket powered by a reused first stage booster from Florida’s Space Coast has been pushed back to Friday morning to allow technicians to complete inspections on the rocket’s second stage fuel system, the company said. The Falcon 9 will blast off from the Complex 40 launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with more than two tons of supplies and experiments for the International Space Station.

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