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  • NASA astronauts stand behind SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft

    Matthew KuhnsAugust 14th, 2018

    HAWTHORNE, Calif. -- SpaceX has made strides in having their Crew Dragon spacecraft transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). One of the crown jewels in the NewSpace firm's efforts was highlighted on Monday Aug. 13. However, the company was not alone in marking the progress SpaceX has made toward sending crews to low-Earth orbit.

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

    Michael ColeAugust 12th, 2018

    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, 2018

    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, 2018

    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!

  • India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission slips to 2019

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 9th, 2018

    Chandrayaan-2, India’s second mission to the Moon has, according to Indian media outlets, been delayed again. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is now targeting a January 2019 launch date.

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

    Michael ColeAugust 9th, 2018

    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 w...

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

    Jason RhianAugust 7th, 2018

    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.

  • Merah Putih poised to bring SpaceX’s launch tempo to almost two per month

    Jason RhianAugust 5th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. --  SpaceX is planning to launch its fifteenth mission of the year on Tuesday, Aug. 7. As has been the case with several of the flights successfully carried out in 2018, this week's planned launch is set to send a communications satellite to orbit.

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

    Lloyd CampbellAugust 5th, 2018

    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.

  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe attached to Delta IV Heavy rocket

    Jim SharkeyAugust 2nd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A spacecraft that has been designed and built to "touch the Sun" has completed two critical milestones that place it one step closer to flight.

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

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 31st, 2018

    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.

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

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 29th, 2018

    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.

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

    Jason RhianJuly 27th, 2018

    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.

  • Roscosmos boss urges haste in developing next-generation Federation spacecraft

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 26th, 2018

    Head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin is urging haste in the development of Russia's next-generation crewed spacecraft known as “Federation." He expects all hands on deck to build the vehicle in the shortest possible time.

  • 4 Galileo navigation satellites sent aloft by Ariane 5

    Heather SmithJuly 25th, 2018

    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.