Spaceflight Insider

News Archive / Tagged: Lead Stories

  • Next NASA Mars mission to serve as pathfinder for astronauts

    Cullen DesforgesJune 17th, 2019

    It’s no secret that sending the first astronauts to Mars will be a monumental challenge marked with many “firsts.” Given that NASA hasn't launched a manned mission beyond low-Earth orbit in 47 years - crews will need a guide to show them the way. Enter the next rover the U.S. space agency plans to send to the Red Planet.

  • Mars 2020 spacecraft tested for flight, rover gets cameras

    Joe LatrellJune 13th, 2019

    Leading up to a planned July 2020 launch date, NASA’s latest mission to Mars is currently undergoing testing. Both the spacecraft and its rover payload have been tested and have been equipped with new equipment in preparation for flight.

  • Bridenstine: Artemis mission could send first woman to the Moon

    Michael ColeJune 11th, 2019

    GLENN RESEARCH CENTER, Ohio -- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine paid a visit to the agency's Glenn Research Center on Monday, June 10.  During his visit Bridenstine noted how the agency's latest lunar initiative - could make history with the first woman walking on the Moon.

  • Michigan company helping NASA speed up SLS development

    Jim SharkeyJune 8th, 2019

    As NASA works to meet its goal of returning  astronauts to the Moon by 2024, a Michigan-based company is helping to accelerate the production of the space agency's Space Launch System (SLS) deep space rocket by providing one of the key tools needed to build the massive vehicle.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Anomaly occurs during OmegA first stage static fire test

    Derek RichardsonMay 30th, 2019

    During the first static fire test for Northrop Grumman's OmegA first stage, debris could be seen coming away from the nozzle section of the booster.

  • Stacking underway for next Atlas V launch

    Derek RichardsonMay 28th, 2019

    United Launch Alliance has begun assembling the Atlas V rocket that will be used to orbit the U.S. Air Force’s next advanced communications satellite.

  • SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites

    Derek RichardsonMay 24th, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX made history again by launching the first 60 satellites of its Starlink satellite internet mega constellation.

  • Lunar Gateway contract adds ‘power’ to Artemis program

    Derek RichardsonMay 23rd, 2019

    NASA awarded Maxar Technologies a contract for the first piece of the Lunar Gateway, which is designed to be a staging point for Moon-bound astronauts.

  • Virgin Orbit conducts crucial hotfire test

    Jim SharkeyMay 23rd, 2019

    Virgin Orbit announced the successful completion of a full mission duty cycle hotfire test of the first stage of its LauncherOne rocket.

  • India’s PSLV places RISAT-2B into orbit

    Derek RichardsonMay 22nd, 2019

    Launching its third rocket of 2019, the India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) sent the RISAT-2B spacecraft into low Earth orbit on May 22, which should provide Earth-imagining services to

  • Vulcan clears final review, could fly as early as 2021

    Jason RhianMay 22nd, 2019

    United Launch Alliance, along with the United States Air Force, has cleared the company's new Vulcan rocket to continue its journey toward flight.

  • Companies selected to study lunar landers for Artemis program

    Derek RichardsonMay 17th, 2019

    In order to land astronauts on the Moon by 2024 under the Artemis program, NASA needs to get a jump start on the development of crew-rated lunar landers.

  • High winds force scrub of 1st SpaceX Starlink mission

    Derek RichardsonMay 15th, 2019

    SpaceX's first batch of Starlink satellites need to wait another 24 hours before taking flight due to "excess upper level winds."