February 16, 2019
  • Experimental British satellite tests harpoon in orbit

    February 15, 2019

    A British satellite released from the International Space Station last year has successfully demonstrated a harpoon that could be used on future missions to clean up space debris, officials announced Friday.

  • NASA selects mission to probe the history of galaxies

    February 14, 2019

    NASA has selected a space telescope named SPHEREx for launch in 2023 on a mission to survey the sky in near-infrared wavelengths, collecting spectral data to study the origins of the universe and ices in our own galaxy that could help seed life on planets.

  • NASA declares Opportunity rover dead after 15 years on Mars

    February 13, 2019

    Eight months after last hearing from the Opportunity rover, NASA officials announced the end of the craft’s 15-year mission Wednesday, closing out an ambitious chapter of Mars exploration that proved the Red Planet once harbored running water and demonstrated the promise of mobile robotic scouts to survey other worlds.

  • CubeSat deployed from space station to test sample return technology

    February 13, 2019

    One of five CubeSats deployed from the International Space Station last month is testing a steerable drag brake that could find use in future smallsats to return experiment samples to the ground from low Earth orbit, or on low-cost micro-probes to explore other planets.

  • Watch a spectacular slow-motion replay of last week’s Ariane 5 launch

    February 11, 2019

    Arianespace and CNES, the French space agency, have released sensational slow-motion video from shielded engineering cameras at the Ariane 5 rocket’s launch pad in French Guiana, showing the launcher’s fiery evening takeoff Feb. 5 with communications satellites for Saudi Arabia and India.

  • Second Iranian satellite launch attempt in a month fails

    February 11, 2019

    Iran’s second try in less than a month to send a satellite into orbit apparently failed shortly after liftoff from a remote desert launch pad under daily surveillance from a fleet of commercial imaging spacecraft, according to U.S. government officials and independent analysts.

  • Cygnus supply ship departs space station for extended mission

    February 8, 2019

    A commercial Cygnus supply ship departed the International Space Station on Friday for an extended mission to deploy five nanosatellites and conduct other experiments before re-entering the atmosphere and burning up with more than two tons of trash.

  • NASA’s first interplanetary CubeSats fall silent beyond Mars

    February 6, 2019

    After a successful mission that pushed the limits of small satellite technology, ground controllers have lost contact with two briefcase-sized CubeSats beyond Mars, NASA said Tuesday.

  • First unpiloted test flight of SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule reset for March 2

    February 6, 2019

    As expected, NASA announced Wednesday that the first unpiloted test flight of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and a Crew Dragon astronaut ferry ship has slipped from later this month to March 2. The first unpiloted flight of Boeing’s Starliner capsule is now targeted for the April timeframe.

  • Arianespace opens busy 2019 manifest with dual-satellite Ariane 5 launch

    February 5, 2019

    Two communications satellites owned by Saudi Arabian and Indian operators rocketed into orbit Tuesday on top of a European Ariane 5 rocket, the first of up to 13 launches planned from French Guiana this year.

  • Live coverage: Ariane 5 launches satellites for Saudi Arabia and India

    February 5, 2019

    An Ariane 5 rocket launched Tuesday at 2101 GMT (4:01 p.m. EST) from French Guiana with a communications satellite to provide broadband and television services for the government of Saudi Arabia and commercial clients across Europe and the Middle East, and an Indian payload to help bridge the digital divide in South Asia.

  • Arianespace preps for first of up to 13 launches in French Guiana this year

    February 4, 2019

    A European Ariane 5 rocket is scheduled for blastoff  Tuesday from a jungle launch pad in South America with two geostationary telecom payloads — one owned by a Saudi Arabian operator and built in Colorado by Lockheed Martin, and another for India’s space agency.

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