Spaceflight Insider

  • 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.

  • Opportunity: All’s quiet on the Martian front…

    Jim SharkeyDecember 4th While the Martian skies have cleared of the dust that enveloped much of the Red Planet, NASA's Opportunity rover remains silent in Perseverance Valley. The rover was last heard from on June 10, 2018. As of November 27, the mission team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) had sent 359 recovery commands in a effort to wake the rover.

  • SpaceX sets record with launch of 64 satellites on SSO-A

    Curt GodwinDecember 3rd LOMPOC, Calif. -- Overcoming numerous delays, SpaceX completed one of its most complex missions yet - the delivery of 64 satellites to a Sun-synchronous orbit.

  • Crewed flights to ISS resume with Soyuz MS-11 launch

    Derek RichardsonDecember 3rd Normalcy begins to return to International Space Station operations as the crew of Soyuz MS-11 has successfully launched from Baikonur.

  • SpaceX set to launch CRS-16 Dragon to ISS

    Michael ColeDecember 1st CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Elon Musk might not be Santa Claus, but the Expedition 57 crew on board the ISS might consider him to be after the CRS-16 Dragon spacecraft arrives.