Spaceflight Insider

  • New Horizons course correction puts spacecraft on target to Ultima Thule

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 10th NASA's New Horizons spacecraft conducted the most distant ever course-correction maneuver by any spacecraft on Sunday, Dec. 2, firing its thrusters for just 105 seconds to adjust its velocity by approximately 2.2 miles per hour.

  • Who needs the Guardians of the Galaxy when we have OSIRIS-REx?

    Cullen DesforgesDecember 10th Last week, a spacecraft arrived at one of the smallest objects ever visited by a NASA mission after a multi-billion mile journey around the Solar System.

  • ‘Hold hold hold’: NROL-71 mission scrubbed

    Derek RichardsonDecember 9th LOMPOC, Calif. — Just seconds before the planned liftoff of a Delta IV Heavy rocket with the NROL-71 payload, an automatic abort of the launch sequence was triggered.

  • Orion’s Ascent Abort-2 Crew Module delivered to KSC

    Jason RhianDecember 7th The Crew Module of NASA's Orion spacecraft has arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center located in Florida. Its journey began at Johnson Space Center and will be used to further the agency's deep space exploration ambitions.

  • There (almost) and back again: Crew of aborted Soyuz mission reassigned

    Heather SmithDecember 6th NASA has announced that Nick Hague will join Aleksey Ovchinin again for a launch on Feb 28, 2019, after their mission was aborted in October 2018.

  • CRS-16 Falcon 9 first stage makes unplanned water landing

    Michael ColeDecember 5th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After 26 straight successful landings of its Falcon 9 booster, SpaceX experienced a landing failure amidst an otherwise successful launch to orbit of the CRS-16 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). 

  • With mice well-fed, SpaceX’s CRS-16 mission blasts off but fails to stick landing

    Michael ColeDecember 5th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla -- Partly cloudy skies along Florida's Space Coast provided a beautiful backdrop for the SpaceX launch of the CRS-16 resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). While a success, not everything went according to plan.

  • Watch exclusive live coverage of CRS-16 launch

    Jason RhianDecember 5th CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX and NASA have a Falcon 9 rocket primed and ready for flight. The mission - to send the CRS-16 Dragon to the International Space Station. SpaceFlight Insider's exclusive webcast will begin at 12:45 p.m. ET (17:45 GMT).

  • Classified: A review of US defense missions launched in 2018

    Patrick AttwellDecember 5th LOMPOC, Calif. -- 2018 has seen five payloads launched for the Department of Defense. Two of these missions were classified and one failed. With the upcoming flight of a ULA Delta Heavy with the NROL-71, SpaceFlight Insider takes a look back at the DoD's 2018 launch manifest.

  • Arianespace launches two geosynchronous satellites to orbit

    Joe LatrellDecember 4th Arianespace successfully launched flight VA246 carrying geosynchronous satellites for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) from its facility in French Guiana.

  • OSIRIS-REx arrives at Bennu asteroid

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 4th NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft has successfully arrived at its destination, the asteroid Bennu.

  • Rats! SpaceX CRS-16 mission slips again!

    Michael ColeDecember 4th KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX has encountered more than its fair share of scrubs, but the one that pushed the planned flight of the CRS-16 mission back 24 hours - is a doozy.