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News Archive / Tagged: rocket

  • Gallery: SpaceX’s Dragon clears safety check paving way for crewed missions

    Michael McCabeJanuary 19th, 2020

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Images from the Jan. 19 test of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft which successfully demonstrated the vehicle's ability to pull astronauts away from the rocket in the event of an accident on its way to orbit.

  • Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort’s successful completion clears way for crewed flights

    Theresa CrossJanuary 19th, 2020

    SpaceX successfully completed yet another milestone under NASA's Commercial Crew Program to send astronauts to the International Space Station - the In Flight Abort Test.

  • SuperDraco engines set to be tested during SpaceX in-flight abort

    Theresa CrossJanuary 19th, 2020

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- With the in-flight Crew Dragon abort test set to launch in less than an hour, let's take a look into the incredibly powerful and spacecraft specific SuperDraco engine.

  • No in-flight abort for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft today

    SpaceFlight InsiderJanuary 18th, 2020

    SpaceX has been forced to stand down from today's attempt to test out a critical element of the company's crew-rated spacecraft.

  • Boeing releases video from recent OFT mission

    Cullen DesforgesJanuary 16th, 2020

    Boeing has released video from its failed attempt to send its "Starliner" spacecraft to the International Space Station.

  • OPINION: 2019 – Numbers and Names

    Jason RhianJanuary 1st, 2020

    Well that happened. 2019 was a roller-coaster of ups and downs that will have far-reaching consequences for future space exploration efforts.

  • SpaceX prepares for first of many Starlink launches in 2020

    Jim SiegelDecember 31st, 2019

    2020 looks to be a big year for space. The next twelve months could see the U.S. regain a long-lost capability and another rover should be sent on its way to the Red Planet. SpaceX is planning to kick off 2020 with the launch of the next batch of Starlink satellites.

  • This Bud’s for you! SpaceX sends ‘King of Beers’ to orbit on CRS-19

    Jim SiegelDecember 5th, 2019

    Propellant? Check. Science experiments? Check. Hardware? Check. Budweiser? Checkity-check!

  • 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.