December 19, 2018
Falcon 9

Live coverage: SpaceX scrubs GPS satellite launch

December 18, 2018

SpaceX called a halt to a Falcon 9 countdown Tuesday after an unexpected sensor reading on the rocket’s first stage triggered an automatic abort. The Falcon 9 rocket is set to try to launch again from Cape Canaveral at 9:07 a.m. EST (1407 GMT) Wednesday with the first in an upgraded line of U.S. Air Force GPS navigation satellites.

  • Blue Origin scrubs suborbital launch attempt

    December 18, 2018

    Blue Origin scrubbed the planned launch Tuesday of the company’s suborbital New Shepard booster from West Texas due to a “ground infrastructure issue.”

  • Live coverage: Gusty ground winds push Delta 4-Heavy launch to Wednesday

    December 7, 2018

    Brisk winds at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California kept United Launch Alliance’s Delta 4-Heavy rocket on the ground Tuesday. ULA has rescheduled the rocket’s launch with a classified National Reconnaissance Office spy payload for Wednesday at 5:44 p.m. PST (8:44 p.m. EST; 0144 GMT Thursday).

  • Live coverage: Soyuz launch with French spy satellite delayed to Wednesday

    December 18, 2018

    The French military’s newest sharp-eyed optical surveillance satellite is scheduled for liftoff at 1637 GMT (11:37 a.m. EST) Wednesday from French Guiana aboard a Russian-built Soyuz launcher, marking Arianespace’s 11th and final launch of 2018. The Soyuz rocket and Fregat upper stage will place the CSO 1 spacecraft into orbit around 500 miles (800 kilometers) above Earth. Managers delayed the launch from Tuesday due to unfavorable high-altitude winds.

  • NASA, Rocket Lab partner on successful satellite launch from New Zealand

    December 17, 2018

    Rocket Lab’s commercial Electron booster fired into orbit from New Zealand on Sunday, carrying a flock of 13 CubeSats on the company’s first mission chartered by NASA, and closing out a landmark year for the new smallsat launch provider as Rocket Lab aims to grow its flight rate to at least one per month in 2019.

  • Soyuz raised on launch pad in French Guiana for Arianespace’s last flight of 2018

    December 15, 2018

    A Russian-made Soyuz booster rolled out to its launch pad in French Guiana on Friday, and hydraulic lifts rotated the launcher vertical in preparation for liftoff Tuesday with the first in a new series of French military spy satellites.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Live coverage: Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket launches on NASA mission

    December 13, 2018

    Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket, a commercially-developed light-class booster, lifted off at 1:33 a.m. EST (0633 GMT) Sunday, carrying 13 CubeSats into orbit under contract to NASA.

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

    December 12, 2018

    Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket is set to launch 13 CubeSats Saturday night (U.S. time) under contract to NASA 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.

  • 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.

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