Spaceflight Insider

  • UK’s first spaceport could launch 2,000 satellites by 2030

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 16th The British government has revealed an ambitious plan to launch around 2,000 satellites by 2030 from its future spaceport in Sutherland, Scotland. The new agenda envisions about four satellite launches a week from the new site.

  • Russian spacewalk runs into overtime during ‘Icarus’ experiment installation

    Derek RichardsonAugust 16th Two Russian cosmonauts stepped outside the International Space Station for more than 7.5 hours to deploy several small satellites and install an experiment designed to monitor animal migration.

  • New Horizons may have detected hydrogen wall at solar system’s edge

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 16th NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, now on its way to its second target, may have detected evidence of a wall of hydrogen that scientists theorize exists at the boundary between the heliosphere, a bubble-like region influenced by the solar wind, and interstellar space.

  • Ultrahot Jupiters destroy water

    Jim SharkeyAugust 15th "Ultrahot Jupiters" are a class of incredibly hot giant exoplanets that orbit their star more closely than Mercury orbits the Sun. These worlds, such as Wasp-121b, are tidally locked, meaning one side of the planet permanently faces its star. But what separates this world from others?

  • High-speed cameras show MOMO-2 launch failure in unprecedented detail

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 15th Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies Inc. (IST) has revealed a high-definition video of the June 30 unsuccessful launch of its MOMO-2 rocket. The new footage, captured by industrial high-speed cameras shows the failure in unprecedented detail.

  • Gallery: Under the Dragon’s wings – astronauts promote SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

    Matthew KuhnsAugust 14th HAWTHORNE, Calif. -- SpaceX provided an update on the status of the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft on Monday, Aug. 12. The event heralded the start of flights to and from the International Space Station. The first crews tapped to fly Crew Dragon's first flights, Robert Behnken, Doug Hurley, Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins helped mark the occasion.

  • Pluto’s Earth-like glaciers puzzle scientists

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 14th Data returned by NASA's New Horizons mission shows Pluto has extremely high mountains, where glaciation appears to be occurring, a finding scientists cannot fully explain.

  • He who laughs last – launches best: Parker Solar Probe mission a testament to faith

    Jason RhianAugust 13th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- A speech during a pivotal scene in the 2016 movie Captain America Civil War, has become relevant in terms of the recent flight of the Parker Solar Probe. If you don't think so, you might want to chat with Eugene Parker. 

  • Video: SpaceFlight Insider’s Parker Solar Probe launch highlights

    Jason RhianAugust 12th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA and United Launch Alliance has sent the space agency's Parker Solar Probe on its way to carry out seven fly-bys of Venus - before heading on its way to study the Sun. Liftoff took place from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37B on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 3:31 a.m. EDT (07:31 GMT). Video courtesy of SpaceFlight Insider's Mike Howard, Mike Deep and Vika...

  • Gallery: Flight to light – ULA sends Parker Solar Probe toward the Sun

    Jason RhianAugust 12th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- United Launch Alliance sent NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft on its way to "touch the surface of the Sun" (our parent star's coronasphere) on Sunday, Aug. 12. The launch service provider had about an hour in which to get the rocket and its precious cargo off the launch pad at Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 37. However, the Colorado-based firm managed to get the missio...

  • Thundering toward light: NASA’s Parker Solar Probe begins journey to Sun

    Michael ColeAugust 12th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's long-awaited Parker Solar Probe launched thunderously into the night sky atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket in the early morning hours of Aug. 12. Its goal? To unlock the secrets of Earth's parent star.

  • Technical issues plague 1st launch attempt of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

    Derek RichardsonAugust 11th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s mission to touch the Sun, the Parker Solar Probe, will have to wait at least one more day as various technical issues with the Delta IV Heavy rocket ultimately led to a scrub of the Aug. 11, 2018, attempt.

  • Russian spacewalk runs into overtime during ‘Icarus’ experiment installation

    Derek RichardsonAugust 16th Two Russian cosmonauts stepped outside the International Space Station for more than 7.5 hours to deploy several small satellites and install an experiment designed to monitor animal migration.

  • Ultrahot Jupiters destroy water

    Jim SharkeyAugust 15th "Ultrahot Jupiters" are a class of incredibly hot giant exoplanets that orbit their star more closely than Mercury orbits the Sun. These worlds, such as Wasp-121b, are tidally locked, meaning one side of the planet permanently faces its star. But what separates this world from others?

  • Thundering toward light: NASA’s Parker Solar Probe begins journey to Sun

    Michael ColeAugust 12th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's long-awaited Parker Solar Probe launched thunderously into the night sky atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket in the early morning hours of Aug. 12. Its goal? To unlock the secrets of Earth's parent star.

  • Technical issues plague 1st launch attempt of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

    Derek RichardsonAugust 11th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s mission to touch the Sun, the Parker Solar Probe, will have to wait at least one more day as various technical issues with the Delta IV Heavy rocket ultimately led to a scrub of the Aug. 11, 2018, attempt.

  • SpaceFlight Insider Live: To touch the Sun – Launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

    Jason RhianAugust 11th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA and United Launch Alliance have a Delta IV Heavy rocket all set to launch the space agency's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft on its way to touch the Sun. SpaceFlight Insider's live webcast of this pivotal launch will begin at 3 a.m. EDT (07:00 GMT) Saturday. Aug. 7. Tune in as we bring you exclusive interviews, photos and more - live!

  • Parker Solar Probe stands ready to be propelled into the face of the Sun

    Michael ColeAugust 9th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA's Parker Solar Probe (PSP) is edging closer to its long-awaited launch, scheduled no earlier than (NET) 3:33 a.m. EDT (19:33 GMT) on Saturday, August 11. The spacecraft will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37B (SLC-37B) atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket on its mission to study the Sun's corona and the solar wind.

  • 1st reflown Block 5 Falcon 9 sends ‘Merah Putih’ into orbit

    Jason RhianAugust 7th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With five months still left in 2018, SpaceX is continuing its rapid-fire launch rate. The flight of the Merah Putih satellite, using a previously-flown Block 5 Falcon 9, means the company is one step closer to redefining the notion of how frequently flights to space can be carried out.

  • First major piece of NASA’s Space Launch System assembled

    Lloyd CampbellAugust 5th NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) has completed a major milestone with the first major piece of the rocket's core stage being fully assembled and ready for integration into other hardware in advance of the vehicle’s first test flight—Exploration Mission-1.

  • SpaceX’s CRS-15 Dragon splashes down in Pacific

    Derek RichardsonAugust 4th SpaceX’s CRS-15 Dragon returned to Earth on Aug. 3, 2018, after a month-long stay at the International Space Station. The capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean with cargo and research samples that were returned for further analysis.

  • And the winners are… NASA announces first astronauts to fly under Commercial Crew Program

    Joe LatrellAugust 3rd HOUSTON — The race to develop new U.S. spacecraft to ferry astronauts to space reached another milestone with the announcement of the first crews that will fly on commercially-produced spacecraft. On Aug. 3, 2018, NASA selected the astronauts who will fly on the first Boeing Starliner and SpaceX Crewed Dragon capsules.

  • TESS primed and ready to discover distant worlds

    Jason RhianAugust 2nd NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has successfully reached its desired orbit and has begun science operations. The spacecraft was constructed by Northrop Grumman, who will operate the vehicle. This milestone sets the spacecraft on a path to continue the search for alien worlds.

  • NASA Administrator visits Langley Research Center

    Steve HammerAugust 1st LANGLEY, Va. -- NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine made his second stop on a tour of NASA research facilities Tuesday, July 31 at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

  • China launches Gaofen 11 Earth-observing satellite atop Long March 4B

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 31st A Long March 4B rocket took to the skies on Tuesday, July 31, on a mission to deliver China’s Gaofen 11 high-resolution Earth-observing spacecraft to orbit.

  • Martian storm chasers: Spacecraft observe dust storm

    Paul KnightlyJuly 30th A fleet of spacecraft are diligently studying the global dust storm currently encircling Mars. Much as storm chasers would do on Earth, they are collecting valuable data so that scientists can better understand how these storms form and evolve.

  • Long March 3B sends BeiDou-3 satellite duo into space

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 29th Lifting off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China’s Sichuan Province, a Long March 3B booster orbited a pair of BeiDou-3 spacecraft for the country’s homegrown satellite navigation system.

  • Inside Opportunity: As dust storm continues to rage Oppy sleeps

    James RiceJuly 28th Our Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover, situated at the Red Planet's Perseverance Valley located on the western inner rim of Endeavour Crater, continues to remain silent due to the ongoing global dust storm. The storm has placed 'Oppy' into a mode designed to protect her in instances just like the one the golf cart-sized rover is currently enduring.

  • Is SpaceX’s Elon Musk conducting a Twitter ‘war?’

    Jason RhianJuly 27th When the first Falcon 9 rocket took to the skies in 2010, it reignited interest in space exploration and saw a legion of fans form behind SpaceX, the rocket's manufacturer. The founder of the company has made recent statements, however, that have created less than positive press.

  • 4 Galileo navigation satellites sent aloft by Ariane 5

    Heather SmithJuly 25th After a nearly four-month-long mission gap, Arianespace launched an Ariane 5 ES rocket from its South American spaceport in French Guiana to send four Galileo navigation satellites into orbit for Europe’s global navigation satellite system.

  • Iridium-7 mission takes to California’s skies atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianJuly 25th Wasting no time after its launch several days ago in Florida, SpaceX sent another Falcon 9 aloft, this time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with the latest wave of Iridium NEXT satellites on their way to space. 

  • Rocket Lab’s Electron getting US-based launch site

    Heather SmithJuly 24th Rocket Lab recently announced plans to build a launch complex in the United States for its small Electron rocket. The site, to be announced in August 2018, is expected to complement its current facility in New Zealand.