December 4, 2021

Cygnus cargo freighter ends mission at International Space Station

November 20, 2021

A Northrop Grumman Cygnus supply ship departed the International Space Station Saturday after a three-month stay, heading off on the final phase of its mission to deploy a U.S. military tech demo payload and re-enter the atmosphere to dispose of 7,500 pounds of trash.

SpaceX targets January or February for first launch of world’s largest rocket

November 18, 2021

SpaceX’s team in South Texas is gearing up to be ready for the first combined launch of the Super Heavy booster and Starship mega-rocket as soon as January, assuming the company completes launch pad construction, ground testing, and secures regulatory approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, founder Elon Musk said Wednesday.

Live coverage: Rocket Lab launches two BlackSky satellites

November 18, 2021

A week after scrubbing a launch attempt to evaluate a technical issue, Rocket Lab sent two small BlackSky Earth-imaging satellites into orbit from New Zealand at 8:38 p.m. EST Wednesday (0138 GMT Thursday). Rocket Lab recovered the Electron rocket’s first stage booster from the Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX is about to break its own annual launch record

November 17, 2021

After a lull in launch activity the last few months, SpaceX plans to close out 2021 with a spurt of missions from all three of the company’s active launch pads in Florida and California, with five or more Falcon 9 flights planned before the end of the year.

French military intelligence satellites launch on Vega rocket

November 16, 2021

A European Vega rocket fired into space from French Guiana Tuesday and deployed three French military satellites to locate sources of radio and radar transmissions around the world, clearing the way for final modifications on the Vega launch pad for an uprated version of the booster set to debut next year.

U.S. officials: Space station at risk from ‘reckless’ Russian anti-satellite test

November 15, 2021

Russia shot down an old Soviet-era military spacecraft Monday in a test of an anti-satellite weapon, scattering hundreds of thousands of debris fragments that will remain in orbit for years or decades, U.S. government officials said. The crew on the International Space Station sheltered in their lifeboats Monday as the complex flew through the debris field.

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