Live coverage: Rocket Lab launches two commercial radar satellites
Tyvak smallsat launched by SpaceX to validate miniature space debris telescope
SpaceX ramps up launch rate with fifth Falcon 9 mission in three weeks
Photos: Falcon 9 stands ready for weekend launch
Live coverage: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center
SpaceX launched its fifth Falcon 9 rocket in 22 days on Saturday, beginning a mission to deploy 52 more Starlink internet satellites and two rideshare payloads for Capella Space and Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems. Liftoff from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida occurred at 6:56 p.m. EDT (2256 GMT), and SpaceX successfully landed the first stage on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
Two BlackSky satellites lost on Rocket Lab launch failure
Live coverage: Rocket Lab’s upper stage runs into trouble soon after launch
The 20th flight of a Rocket Lab Electron launcher appeared to run into trouble a few minutes after liftoff at 7:11 a.m. EDT (1111 GMT) Saturday from New Zealand, when video showed the rocket’s upper stage tumbling and shutting off its engine prematurely. The rocket was carrying two commercial BlackSky Earth observation satellites into orbit.
Two hitchhiker smallsats to accompany SpaceX’s next Starlink mission into orbit
Rocket Lab ready for second booster recovery attempt
The scheduled launch Saturday of two commercial BlackSky Earth-imaging satellites from New Zealand will double as an opportunity for Rocket Lab to test an enhanced heat shield on its Electron booster, an upgrade that should allow the company to recover rockets in better condition for eventual reuse.