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  • 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.

  • Orion parachutes complete series of tests in lead up to EM-1

    Jason RhianSeptember 13th, 2018

    The last in a series of eight planned tests of NASA's Orion spacecraft was completed on Wednesday, Sept. 12 - paving the way for the first combined flight of Orion and the new super heavy-lift booster.

  • 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.

  • Video: The hits keep coming from SpaceX

    Jason RhianAugust 7th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Another week, another launch. That is what it is getting to be like for SpaceX. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 the NewSpace company once more carried out a flight of its highly-successful Falcon 9 rocket.

  • 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.