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  • Gallery: Northop Grumman tests OmegA first stage

    Derek RichardsonMay 31st, 2019

    PROMONTORY, Utah — In the Blue Spring Hills north of Salt Lake City, Northrop Grumman test fired the first stage of its OmegA rocket.

  • Gallery: SpaceX begins launching its Starlink constellation

    Derek RichardsonMay 24th, 2019

    In the black of night, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink spacecraft to begin its satellite internet mega constellation.

  • Gallery: CRS-17 launch brightens Space Coast skies

    Derek RichardsonMay 4th, 2019

    SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with the CRS-17 Dragon spacecraft perched atop it in the company’s fifth flight of 2019.

  • Gallery: S.S. Roger Chaffee lifts off on flight to ISS

    Jason RhianApril 17th, 2019

    Taking to the skies at the very opening of a five-minute long launch window, Northrop Grumman Corporation's S.S. Roger Chaffee Cygnus cargo freighter leaped into the skies from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad-0A. The mission got underway at 4:46 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

  • Gallery: Stratolaunch arcs across Golden skies

    Jason RhianApril 14th, 2019

    When Howard Hughes took his wooden "Spruce Goose" into the skies it was the first and only time the vehicle lifted off the ground (or ocean as it were). Saturday's flight of the massive Stratolaunch aircraft will likely not encounter the same fate.

  • Gallery: Falcon Heavy with Arabsat-6A – Hard as thunder, light as rain

    Jason RhianApril 11th, 2019

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — One, two, three. Each of these numbers denoted major milestone achieved by SpaceX with the flight of the Arabsat-6A mission on one of the company's Falcon Heavy rockets.

  • Gallery: 2 shuttle astronauts added to Hall of Fame

    Derek RichardsonApril 7th, 2019

    Two veteran Space Shuttle astronauts were added to the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame, joining the nearly 100 already inducted.

  • GALLERY: Delta IV lights up night sky to send WGS-10 into space

    Derek RichardsonMarch 16th, 2019

    In one of its last flights, a Delta IV Medium rocket turned night into day as it raced toward orbit to send a military communications satellite into space.

  • Gallery: Soyuz MS-12 launches into space, docks with ISS

    Derek RichardsonMarch 15th, 2019

    With Soyuz MS-12 safely docked at the International Space Station, Expedition 59 began, bringing the outpost’s crew size back to six.

  • Gallery: 1st Crew Dragon takes flight

    Derek RichardsonMarch 2nd, 2019

    On March 2, 2019, SpaceX launched its first Crew Dragon spacecraft, setting the stage for a docking with the International Space Station 27 hours later.

  • Gallery: SpaceX lights up night sky with PSN 6 launch

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 22nd, 2019

    SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket propelled three passengers toward geostationary transfer orbit, including a private lunar lander.

  • Gallery: NROL-71 mission finally gets underway

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 20th, 2019

    After several scrubbed attempts, United Launch Alliance was finally able to launch its Delta IV Heavy rocket with the secretive NROL-71 payload.

  • Gallery: SpaceX’s 2019 launch manifest begins

    Jason RhianJanuary 11th, 2019

    LOMPOC, Calif. -- SpaceX carried out its first launch of the company's 2019 manifest with the flight of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. Liftoff of the Iridium 8 mission occurred at 7:31 a.m. PST (10:31 EST / 15:31 GMT) at the opening of an instantaneous launch window.

  • Gallery: Delayed by mice chow, CRS-16 lifts off

    Jason RhianDecember 7th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX launched the 16th mission it has under the $1.6 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA at 1:16 p.m. EST (18:16 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC 40) on Dec. 5, 2018. The CRS-16 Dragon spacecraft was loaded with 5,673 pounds (2,573 kg) of supplies, equipment, and experiments for the Expedition 57 and 58 crews...

  • Gallery: SSO-A soars in historic flight

    Jason RhianDecember 6th, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. -- A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (with a first stage on its third mission) lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 4E in California on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The mission got underway at 10:34 a.m. PST and saw some 64 small satellites delivered to orbit. About eight minutes after lifting off, the Falcon 9's first stage carried out its third controlled landing on th...

  • Gallery: Soyuz FG rocket returns to service with MS-11 flight

    Jason RhianDecember 3rd, 2018

    BAIKONUR COSMODRONE, Kazkhstan. — A crew of three blasted off atop a Soyuz-FG rocket at 6:31 a.m. EST (11:31 GMT) on Dec. 3, 2018, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Nine minutes later, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques were in orbit.

  • Gallery: Antares lights up Virginia skies with Cygnus flight to space station

    Derek RichardsonNovember 18th, 2018

    In the dark of night, an Antares rocket launched from Virginia to send the Cygnus cargo ship to orbit to resupply the International Space Station.

  • Gallery: Falcon 9 sends Qatari satellite into orbit

    Derek RichardsonNovember 18th, 2018

    Once again from Launch Complex 39A in Florida, SpaceX sent a satellite into orbit. A Falcon 9 lofted Es'hail 2 for the Qatari company Es'hailSat.

  • Gallery: ULA Atlas V 551 launches with AEHF-4 satellite

    Jason RhianOctober 17th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceFlight Insider captured the flight of a ULA Atlas V 551 rocket when it left the pad with the AEHF-4 satellite in the early hours of Wednesday, Oct. 17.

  • Gallery: SpaceX creates nebula, makes history

    Jason RhianOctober 8th, 2018

    SpaceX created its own nebula in the skies above California - as the company successfully achieved yet another milestone.