December 5, 2020

Japanese asteroid sampling mission on course for return to Earth

December 5, 2020

Six years after departing Earth, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft released a spinning capsule Saturday containing pristine asteroid material for a scorching re-entry and landing in the remote Australian outback, where teams are standing by to retrieve the specimens for analysis.

Photos: Upgraded Dragon cargo capsule rolls out to pad 39A

December 4, 2020

Ready for a flight to the International Space Station, SpaceX’s first upgraded Dragon cargo capsule rolled out to pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida this week in preparation for launch on top of a Falcon 9 rocket.

Space station to receive new commercial airlock from Nanoracks

December 4, 2020

A privately-funded airlock from Nanoracks will head for the International Space Station this weekend in the trunk of a SpaceX Cargo Dragon capsule, adding to the orbiting lab’s capacity for scientific experiments in another milestone for commercial space development.

Live coverage: Falcon 9 rocket counting down to Cargo Dragon launch

December 3, 2020

SpaceX has rolled out a Falcon 9 rocket to pad 39A for the first launch of an upgraded version of the company’s Dragon cargo capsule for the International Space Station. A test-firing was accomplished Thursday ahead of a scheduled launch Saturday at 11:39 a.m. EST (1639 GMT), weather permitting.

Soyuz rocket launches Emirati military satellite after lengthy delay

December 2, 2020

After months of delays caused by launch vehicle issues and the coronavirus pandemic, a Russian Soyuz rocket and Fregat upper stage took off from South America and delivered the French-built Falcon Eye 2 military observation satellite to an on-target orbit Tuesday night for the United Arab Emirates.

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