December 15, 2018

Virgin Galactic accomplishes milestone test flight to the edge of space

December 13, 2018

With two veteran test pilots at the controls, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane climbed to the edge of space for the first time Thursday in a major achievement for Richard Branson’s long-sought ambition to begin regular commercial hops with space tourists, and the first piloted flight by a U.S. vehicle above an altitude of 50 miles since the last space shuttle mission in 2011.

  • Video and photo highlights of Virgin Galactic’s historic SpaceShipTwo test flight

    December 14, 2018

    Check out video highlights released by Virgin Galactic of Thursday’s test flight by the company’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane to an altitude of 271,000 feet, above a boundary recognized by the U.S. government as the edge of space.

  • Live coverage: Rocket Lab launch rescheduled for weekend

    December 13, 2018

    Rocket Lab scrubbed a launch attempt late Wednesday (U.S. time) that was set to carry 13 CubeSats to orbit for NASA aboard an Electron rocket. Poor weather at the company’s launch base in New Zealand forced the postponement, and Rocket Lab plans to try again Saturday night (U.S. time) with a window opening at 11 p.m. EST (0400 GMT Sunday).

  • Mission timeline for Rocket Lab’s launch of NASA’s ELaNa-19 CubeSats

    December 13, 2018

    Rocket Lab’s light-class Electron launcher is set to take off on its fourth flight from New Zealand, aiming to deliver 13 CubeSats to orbit on the company’s first mission for NASA.

  • Rocket Lab preps to launch flock of NASA-funded CubeSats

    December 12, 2018

    Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket is set to launch 10 CubeSats developed at NASA field centers and U.S. research institutions Wednesday night (U.S. time) from the company’s privately-owned spaceport in New Zealand, a pathfinder mission that could pave the way for more NASA satellites to hitch a ride on future Electron flights.

  • Russian spacewalkers cut into Soyuz spaceship to inspect leak repair

    December 11, 2018

    Clad in pressurized spacesuits, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev used knives and scissors to slice through insulation and a debris shield on a Soyuz spaceship set to return to Earth next week, finally reaching the capsule’s metallic hull to examine the site of an air leak plugged in August.

  • SpaceX makes another space station cargo delivery

    December 10, 2018

    A commercial supply ship owned and operated by SpaceX arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday, delivering a pair of NASA experiments to demonstrate satellite refueling techniques and monitor changes in Earth’s forests, along with a special holiday menu of turkey, candied yams, cranberry sauce and shortbread cookies.

  • Delta 4-Heavy countdown aborted moments before launch

    December 9, 2018

    A dramatic automatic abort 7.5 seconds before the planned liftoff of a United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket Saturday night kept the towering launcher on the pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, with a top secret spy payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.

  • Photos: Delta 4-Heavy poised for launch with U.S. spy satellite

    December 8, 2018

    A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket stands 233 feet tall at Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, ready for liftoff Saturday night carrying a top secret U.S. government spy satellite into orbit.

  • China launches historic mission to land on far side of the moon

    December 7, 2018

    A robotic lander and rover lifted off Friday (U.S. time) from China’s Xichang space center, kicking off a journey that will culminate in an attempt in early January to touch down on the far side of the moon for the first time.

  • Live coverage: Delayed flight of ULA’s heavy-lift rocket set for Tuesday night

    December 7, 2018

    United Launch Alliance has rescheduled the launch of a Delta 4-Heavy rocket from California for Tuesday at 5:57 p.m. PST (8:57 p.m. EST; 0157 GMT Wednesday), 10 days after a technical problem aborted a countdown less than 10 seconds before liftoff. The heavy-lift rocket will send a top secret National Reconnaissance Office spy payload into orbit.

  • China launches satellites for Saudi Arabia

    December 7, 2018

    Two Saudi Arabian Earth observation satellites and 10 small secondary payloads rode a Long March 2D rocket into orbit Friday from the Jiuquan space base in China’s northwestern Inner Mongolia region, hours before the launch of a Chinese lunar probe targeting the first soft landing on the far side of the moon.

  • Photos: Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Vandenberg on SSO-A rideshare mission

    December 6, 2018

    The first of two launches by SpaceX this week lifted off Monday, Dec. 3, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying 64 microsatellites and CubeSats to an orbit more than 350 miles (575 kilometers) above Earth.

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