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  • SpaceX’s ‘Starhopper’ catches fire in recent test

    Cullen DesforgesJuly 17th, 2019

    A test of SpaceX's 'Starhopper' rocket appears to not have gone entirely as planned. Several outlets are reporting that things didn't go as planned.

  • ULA Delta IV with GPS III SV02 launch delayed

    Jason RhianJuly 17th, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The flight of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) rocket tasked with sending the GPS III SV02 satellite to orbit has been delayed.

  • SpaceX reveals cause of Crew Dragon explosion

    Jason RhianJuly 15th, 2019

    SpaceX held a test of the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft on April 20, 2019 which ended with an explosion at the NewSpace firm's Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Today, SpaceX released what it believes to have caused the accident during a briefing earlier this afternoon.

  • Launch of ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 mission delayed

    Jason RhianJuly 14th, 2019

    A prestigious mission the India Space Research Organisation is planning on sending to the Moon did not fly today. What was described as a "technical snag" has placed the mission on hold - with no new launch date announced.

  • Spektr-RG telescope launched atop Proton-M rocket

    Patrick AttwellJuly 14th, 2019

    The second Proton launch of 2019 took to the skies above the Baikonur Cosmodrome today with the Spektr-RG telescope for the Russian and German space agencies. It marked the start of a mission some 24 years in the making.

  • Anomaly pushes Atlas launch back again

    Jason RhianJuly 11th, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla -- The launch of a ULA Atlas V rocket with the fifth AEHF satellite will have to wait a little longer before its flight.

  • Falcon Eye 1 spacecraft lost in Vega mishap

    Cullen DesforgesJuly 10th, 2019

    It appears a European Space Agency (ESA) rocket has encountered a failure which has resulted in the loss of the Falcon Eye 1 satellite that it had been tasked with sending to orbit.

  • NASA’s IXPE mission marks another win in SpaceX’s contract column

    Patrick AttwellJuly 9th, 2019

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX keeps racking up contractual wins. The most recent to be announced was for a NASA mission, one that serves to demonstrate that the company's 74 Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy flights - has not gone unnoticed.

  • Meteoric – Roscosmos launches satellite to observe

    Steve HammerJuly 5th, 2019

    Meteors normally crash to Earth, but the Meteor-M No. 2-2 satellite did the exact opposite when it soared away from Earth and on its way to Sun-synchronous orbit.

  • Night time is the right time for SpaceX STP-2 mission

    Jason RhianJune 25th, 2019

    SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is starting to become a frequent flyer of Florida's skies, with the rocket's third flight checking off several "firsts."

  • Battery failure delays Atlas V launch until July

    Jason RhianJune 23rd, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 551 rocket with the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) satellite for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center will have to wait a little longer before taking flight.

  • Successful static fire clears way for launch of third Falcon Heavy flight

    Curt GodwinJune 21st, 2019

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Clearing one of the last hurdles before the flight of the Space Test Program 2 (STP-2) mission early next week, SpaceX is preparing for the first night launch of a Falcon Heavy rocket.

  • Under increasing pressure from SpaceX, Arianespace launches telecommunications satellites

    Jason RhianJune 20th, 2019

    KOUROU, French Guiana -- Arianespace conducted its fifth flight of  2019 when it launched an Ariane 5 ECA rocket and its payload of two communications satellites at 6:41 p.m. local time from Guiana Space Centre's ELA-3 launch site.  Today's launch comes at a time when the company is facing increasing pressure from SpaceX.

  • If it’s Boeing (space) – it’s going to Florida

    Jason RhianJune 19th, 2019

    TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- After the end of the Shuttle Program it appeared space operations at the Cape might be on the downturn. Appearances can be deceiving however. Boeing, the largest aerospace company in the world - is moving some of its operations to the Sunshine State.

  • USAF provided with software upgrade for GPS III

    Jason RhianJune 15th, 2019

    Five months after being awarded the GPS Control Segment Sustainment II (GCS II) contract, Lockheed Martin has started delivering on that contract.

  • Going back to Cali! SpaceX launches RADARSAT for Canadian Space Agency

    Jason RhianJune 12th, 2019

    LOMPOC, Calif. -- SpaceX successfully completed the company's second launch of 2019 from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 4 East in California. Today's flight continues pushing the company's busy 2019 flight manifest.

  • Huh? Trump says NASA should stop talking about the Moon

    Derek RichardsonJune 7th, 2019

    For 18 months, NASA has been focused on returning humans to the Moon under Space Policy Directive 1—signed by President Trump. Is he changing course?

  • Booster core for historic CFT mission arrives in Florida

    Mike HowardJune 6th, 2019

    The booster core for a ULA Atlas V rocket, one tasked with a historic mission, emerged from the Delta Mariner transport ship after a voyage from the company's processing facilities located in Decatur, Alabama.

  • Scientists, SpaceX debate Starlink satellites’ impact on night sky

    Laurel KornfeldJune 4th, 2019

    SpaceX's launch its first 60 Starlink satellites is generating controversy about their potential impact on night sky observation and radio astronomy.

  • NASA selects companies for commercial Moon landing services

    Derek RichardsonJune 3rd, 2019

    The first commercial Moon landing missions under NASA’s Artemis program have been announced as precursors to human missions by 2024.