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  • Report suggests NASA made a $1.6B Boeing mistake

    Patrick AttwellNovember 15th, 2019

    A damning new report released by NASA’s Office of Inspector General paints a dismal picture of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. The report suggests one of the two participants attempted to extort the space agency for more money.

  • GALLERY: Alan Bean makes art – one more time

    Jason RhianNovember 2nd, 2019

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket successfully launched the "Alan Bean" Cygnus spacecraft at 9:59 a.m. EST (13:59 GMT) on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. The NG-12 Cygnus spacecraft and the 8,200 pounds (3,719 kg) worth of crew supplies, cargo, experiments and hardware was launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad-0A in Virginia.

  • SLS Artemis 1 core stage nearing completion

    Scott JohnsonJuly 7th, 2019

    NEW ORLEANS, La. - The core stage (CS-1) for the first flight (Artemis 1 (formerly Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1)) of NASA's next super-heavy lift launch vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS), is nearing completion at the agency's Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans.

  • Video: Countdown to history – Falcon Heavy soars with Arabsat-6A!

    Jason RhianApril 16th, 2019

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX launched the second of the company's Falcon Heavy rockets with the 13,230 lbs Arabsat-6A satellite as its payload on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6:35 p.m. ET (22:35 GMT). The historic mission safely sent its payload on its way to geostationary orbit and also saw three of the rocket's first stage cores successfully touch back down for reuse.

  • Vega-C rocket solid rocket motor tested in French Guiana

    Jason RhianJanuary 29th, 2019

    The vast jungles of French Guiana echoed with the sounds of a different type of thunder other than the natural kind on Monday Jan. 28. An artificial roar was generated by a solid rocket motor that is planned for use on the Vega-C rocket Arianespace is developing to launch upcoming missions.

  • Blue Origin breaks ground on new BE-4 engine production facility

    Cullen DesforgesJanuary 27th, 2019

    On Jan.25, 2019, Blue Origin broke ground on its new engine production and assembly facility in Huntsville, Alabama, about 25 miles from United Launch Alliance’s Decatur assembly facility.

  • Blue Origin’s latest flight follows others in carrying NASA payloads

    Cullen DesforgesJanuary 23rd, 2019

    The tenth New Shepard Mission, NS-10, from privately-funded Blue Origin soared off the pad at 9:08 a.m. CST (10:08 a.m. EST / 15:08 GMT) on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the company's launch facilities located in Culberson County, Texas. The mission included several experiments flown on behalf of NASA and was, by current reports, a success.

  • Falcon 9 rocket for SpaceX Demo Flight-1 set for test fire

    Jason RhianJanuary 22nd, 2019

    While the U.S. government might be shut down due to a political impasse, Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX is taking the next steps toward returning the U.S.' lost ability to send astronauts into low-Earth orbit. 

  • SpaceX starts 2019 manifest with successful Iridium 8 launch

    Curt GodwinJanuary 11th, 2019

    LOMPOC, Calif. — After enduring several delays, SpaceX successfully launched ten Iridium NEXT satellites into a polar low-Earth orbit (LEO), marking the Falcon 9’s first flight of 2019, and the last of the original contract, signed in 2010, with Iridium.

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

    Curt GodwinDecember 3rd, 2018

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

  • SpaceX set to launch CRS-16 Dragon to ISS

    Michael ColeDecember 1st, 2018

    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.

  • Soyuz MS-10 abort: What happened and how will it affect the International Space Station?

    Jason RhianOctober 11th, 2018

    The Soyuz launch system is out of service due to an accident that occurred during the flight of the MS-10 mission. What this means in terms of access to the International Space Station - might surprise you.

  • Juno spacecraft snaps stunning image of Jovian swirls

    Jim SharkeyOctober 10th, 2018

    Juno has discovered stunning patterns in Jupiter's cloud tops - as well as some unusual and hard to find features.

  • Insider Live: Northrop Grumman’s GEM 63 first test fire

    Jason RhianSeptember 19th, 2018

    Want to see exclusive live video of a GEM 63 rocket motor being tested? Only SpaceFlight Insider brings you live coverage from the test site in Utah. Tune in at 12:30 p.m. MDT / 2:30 p.m. EDT.

  • 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.