Falcon Heavy test-fired at Kennedy Space Center
Lightning threat delays launch of Europe’s first mission to Jupiter
Live coverage: Ariane 5 rocket launches Europe’s first mission to Jupiter
After the threat of lightning kept the mission on the ground Thursday, Arianespace and the European Space Agency successfully launched an Ariane 5 rocket Friday from Kourou, French Guiana, with the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer mission, a robotic spacecraft embarking on an eight-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet. Liftoff with ESA’s JUICE spacecraft occurred at 8:14 a.m. EDT (1214 UTC).
Schedule for SpaceX’s Starship test flight hinges on FAA regulatory approval
SpaceX continues to prepare for a launch attempt as soon as next week for the first test flight of its Super Heavy booster and Starship rocket, with final work on the ship’s self-destruct system, data reviews, and the receipt of an FAA license still to come before teams proceed into a countdown in South Texas.
JUICE’s launch campaign in imagery
Europe’s first mission to Jupiter poised for launch from South America
Preparations underway for SpaceX’s next Falcon Heavy launch
SpaceX’s next Falcon Heavy mission, set for April 18 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will launch a powerhouse bus-sized broadband satellite for Viasat into a high-altitude circular geostationary orbit, a demanding flight profile that will require disposal of all three of the rocket’s reusable boosters.