June 15, 2021
Mission Reports

Live coverage: Minotaur 1 rocket launches from Virginia

June 15, 2021

A Minotaur 1 rocket derived from a decommissioned ballistic missile took off at 9:35 a.m. EDT (1335 GMT) Tuesday from Wallops Island, Virginia, after a weather delay of more than two-and-a-half hours. The four-stage, solid-fueled rocket carried three payloads into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office.

  • Pegasus rocket successful in responsive launch demonstration

    June 13, 2021

    A Northrop Grumman Pegasus rocket dropped from the belly of a carrier jet over the Pacific Ocean early Sunday and streaked into orbit with a small U.S. military space surveillance satellite named Odyssey, demonstrating a rapid launch capability in partnership with a secretive new Space Force special projects unit.

  • ESA selects radar probe to join armada of Venus missions

    June 13, 2021

    A week after NASA selected two robotic missions for launch to Venus in the late 2020s, the European Space Agency has announced its own orbiter will launch to Venus as soon as 2031 with two radars and three spectrometer instruments to comprehensively study the planet from its core to the atmosphere.

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