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  • 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.

  • Gallery: RS-25 test fired at Stennis

    Jason RhianSeptember 25th, 2018

    STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss — Aerojet Rocketdyne tested one of its legacy Space Shuttle Main Engine in preparation for use on NASA’s Space Launch System on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. The A1 Test Stand weathered an eight minute test fire at 109 percent throttle starting at 3: 15 p.m. EDT (19:15 GMT). Photos courtesy: Matt […]

  • Gallery: Desolate Utah plains rumble with GEM 63’s fury

    Jason RhianSeptember 21st, 2018

    PROMONTORY, Utah — Northrop Grumman’s GEM 63 solid rocket motor conducted its first test fire at 1 p.m. MDT (3 p.m. EDT / 19:00 GMT) on Thursday, Sept. 20. The motor was tested under “cold conditions” of approximately 40 °F. The GEM 63 series is being developed for use on United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V […]

  • Gallery: ICESat-2 closes Delta II era with another success

    Matthew KuhnsSeptember 15th, 2018

    The last flight of a ULA Delta II rocket was carried out on Saturday, Sept. 15 from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. As was the case so many times in the past - its final mission was a success.

  • Gallery: Telstar 18v Falcon 9 leaves Canaveral through skies, returns via the sea

    Jason RhianSeptember 12th, 2018

    Another day another launch - and landing. SpaceFlight Insider's team of photographers captured exclusive imagery of the first stage of the Falcon 9's journey.

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

    Matthew KuhnsAugust 14th, 2018

    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.

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

    Jason RhianAugust 12th, 2018

    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...

  • Gallery: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 with Merah Putih

    Jason RhianAugust 7th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At 1:18 a.m. EDT (5:18 GMT) on August 7, 2018 SpaceX carried out its fifteenth launch of of the year. The payload on this flight was the Merah Putih telecommunications satellite which was sent to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) via a Falcon 9 rocket. The flight was carried out from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 located in Florida. 

  • Gallery: NASA Announces astronauts who will fly first Commercial Crew missions

    Jason RhianAugust 3rd, 2018

    HOUSTON, Texas -- On Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 NASA announced the astronauts who would fly the first flights of the capsules developed under the space agency's Commercial Crew Program. It was a pomp-filled event that could herald a new era in NASA's history.

  • Gallery: Thursday’s rocket-powered flight sees VSS Unity break Mach 2

    Jason RhianJuly 27th, 2018

    MOJAVE, Calif. -- In a span of less than four months, Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity has carried out three "rocket-powered" supersonic flights. The most recent test took place on Thursday, July 26, 2018. 

  • GALLERY: Block 5 Falcon 9 sends Telstar 19V into space

    Derek RichardsonJuly 23rd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Launching in the early-morning hours of July 22, 2018, SpaceX's Block 5 Falcon 9 sent the Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite into space. This was the second flight of the latest version of the company's rocket.