February 19, 2018
Falcon 9

Live coverage: Launch of Spanish radar satellite delayed to Wednesday

February 16, 2018

SpaceX has pushed back the launch of a Spanish radar observation satellite from California from Sunday until Wednesday. The Paz Earth-imaging spacecraft is expected to ride into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket along with two prototype payloads for SpaceX’s planned Starlink broadband satellite network. The launch Wednesday is timed for 6:17 a.m. PST (9:17 a.m. EST; 1417 GMT).

  • GOES-S weather observatory hoisted atop Atlas 5 rocket

    February 16, 2018

    NOAA’s next geostationary weather satellite, GOES-S, was raised on top of an Atlas 5 launcher Friday at Cape Canaveral in preparation for liftoff March 1 to keep watch over the Pacific Ocean and the Western United States.

  • Photos: Russian cargo freighter blasts off from snow-covered launch pad

    February 16, 2018

    A Russian Progress supply ship launched Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, firing into orbit from a snow-covered pad to haul three tons of fuel, water and equipment to the International Space Station.

  • Exoplanet-hunting satellite arrives in Florida for April launch

    February 16, 2018

    NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for final testing, fueling and attachment to a Falcon 9 launcher for liftoff in mid-April, a delay of nearly one month to allow SpaceX additional time to prepare the rocket for the mission.

  • Spacewalking astronauts complete robot arm work

    February 16, 2018

    Astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Japanese crewmate Norishige Kanai floated outside the International Space Station Friday, repositioned two robot arm grapple mechanisms following repair work last month and carried out a variety of “get-ahead” tasks before calling it a day.

  • Photos: SpaceX’s imagery of Falcon Heavy test flight

    February 15, 2018

    SpaceX this week released a new batch of photos showing the Feb. 6 liftoff of the company’s first Falcon Heavy rocket from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, followed by landing of the launcher’s two side boosters around eight minutes later at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

  • Progress supply ship docks with International Space Station

    February 15, 2018

    Russia’s Progress MS-08 cargo carrier glided to an automated radar-guided link-up with the International Space Station on Thursday with three tons of fuel, water, supplies and experiments.

  • New drone ship under construction for SpaceX rocket landings

    February 14, 2018

    SpaceX will deploy a new rocket landing platform off Florida’s Space Coast to enter a rotation with another drone ship stationed at Cape Canaveral, company founder Elon Musk said Monday.

  • Elon Musk’s Tesla will have a close encounter with Earth in 2091

    February 14, 2018

    Even though it doesn’t obey any earthly speed limit and has a space-suited mannequin for a driver, Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster won’t drive up his insurance rates anytime soon. Researchers say the sports car won’t have a really close encounter with Earth until 2091 and could last millions of years before getting totaled in a planetary crackup.

  • NASA gears up for brisk launch pace, starting with weather satellite

    February 14, 2018

    Engineers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center tasked with overseeing launches of scientific satellites and interplanetary probes will be responsible later this year for ensuring six major missions safely get into space over a span of a little more than six months, beginning with the launch of NOAA’s new GOES-S weather observatory on an Atlas 5 rocket March 1.

  • Soyuz rocket launches cargo freighter to International Space Station

    February 13, 2018

    Running two days later after a last-minute abort Sunday, a Russian Progress resupply and refueling freighter lifted off in a blanket of fog Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to deliver three tons of cargo, propellant and water to the International Space Station.

  • Trump budget aims to kick-start lunar exploration, cancels space telescope

    February 12, 2018

    The White House’s $19.9 billion NASA budget outline released Monday would continue development of NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew capsule and begin the deployment of a mini-space station around the moon as soon as 2022, but the proposal would cancel WFIRST, a flagship-class astronomy mission planned for launch in the mid-2020s.

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