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Momo3 taking off from its launch site in Hokkaido. Image Credit: Asahi Shimbun
Japan’s First Private Rocket Flies to Space

May 8, 2019

Have you heard of Interstellar Technologies? They’re the latest private company to launch their own rocket into space.…
Three Teams Qualify to Compete in DARPA Launch Challenge

April 11, 2019

Launch Challenge aims to accelerate flexible and responsive launch, capitalizing on commercial capabilities; competitors will attempt to launch…
Blue Origin will be Landing its Rockets on a Used Cargo Ship

October 29, 2018

One of the defining characteristics of the modern space age is the way private aerospace companies (aka. NewSpace)…
Soyuz MS-10 shortly after launch, but before the failure. The craft executed an emergency ballistic landing and both crew members are safe. Image: NASA
Soyuz Launch Carrying Two Astronauts is Forced to Abort, Landing Safely Back on Earth

October 11, 2018

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying crew to the ISS was aborted shortly after launch on Thursday, Oct. 11th…
Good News, James Webb is Still a Go. Bad News, Launching in 2021

July 2, 2018

When it is deployed to space, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will be the most powerful and…
Jeff Bezos Says The New Shepard Will Soar Next on Sunday. Here’s How to Watch It Live.

April 29, 2018

One of the greatest challenges of modern spaceflight is finding a way to make launching rockets into space…
DARPA Launch Challenge

April 21, 2018

Anywhere. Anytime. The DARPA Launch Challenge aims to demonstrate flexible and responsive launch capabilities in days, not years,…
Launching Rockets from Balloons is About to be a Thing, But We Need a Better Name than “Rockoons”

April 9, 2018

One of the technological hurdles of our age is to get people and equipment into space more cheaply.…
Space Catapult Startup SpinLaunch has Come Out of Stealth Mode. Space catapults? Yes Please

March 1, 2018

Of all challenges presented by space exploration – and to be fair, there are many! – one of…
Perhaps the Best Part of Electron’s Successful Launch was its Payload: the Humanity Sphere

January 26, 2018

This past weekend, the New Zealand-based aerospace company Rocket Lab reached another milestone. On Sunday, January 21st, the…
China is Planning More than 40 Space Launches in 2018

January 11, 2018

It’s no secret that China’s growth in the past few decades has been reflected in space. In addition…
Apollo 4 was First-Ever Launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

November 10, 2017

Fifty years ago this month, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida experienced the roar of a rocket from…
Ariane 5 launch proves reliability and flies new fairing

June 30, 2017

An Ariane 5 carrying two telecom satellites inside a new lighter fairing lifted off on the fourth mission…
Construction Complete: Stand Prepares to Test SLS’s Largest Fuel Tank

January 10, 2017

Major construction is complete on NASA’s largest new Space Launch System structural test stand, and engineers are now…
SpaceX Announces First Cargo Launch Since 2015 Accident

April 8, 2016

Nine months after a SpaceX rocket exploded on the way to the International Space Station, the company has…
Scientists successfully test reusable small satellite launching system

January 1, 2016

Just before Christmas scientists from The University of Queensland successfully tested reusable launch system to send small satellites…
September launch could give rare measurements of ‘dusty plasmas’

September 7, 2015

Researchers from the University of Washington are awaiting the launch an over 50-foot-long rocket from a launch site…
Watch Soyuz Rocket Launch on NASA TV at 11:45 p.m. EDT

September 2, 2015

Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos, Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) and Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space…
Soyuz Rocket Rolls Out Before Sept. 2 Crew Launch

September 1, 2015

An international crew of three is getting ready for a two-day ride to the International Space Station. The…
Ariane 5’s fourth launch of 2015

August 21, 2015

An Ariane 5 lifted off tonight from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, and delivered two telecom satellites…
Japanese HTV-5 Cargo Mission Launches and Reaches Orbit

August 20, 2015

Right on schedule, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)’s H-IIB rocket launched at 7:50 a.m. EDT on Wednesday,…
Bad Weather Again Delays Launch of Japanese Cargo Ship to Space Station

August 18, 2015

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has postponed the launch of its H-II Transport Vehicle (HTV)-5 to the…
Bad Weather Again Delays Launch of Japanese Cargo Ship to Space Station

August 17, 2015

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has postponed the launch of its H-II Transport Vehicle (HTV)-5 to the…
ESA’s ‘first’ satellite: COS-B

August 10, 2015

This weekend saw the 40th anniversary of the launch of COS-B, the first satellite to be launched under…
Faulty Support Strut Likely Caused SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Failure

July 22, 2015

The in-flight failure of a critical support strut inside the second stage liquid oxygen tank holding a high…
MSG-4 launch timeline

July 14, 2015

On 15 July, a powerful Ariane launcher will loft Europe’s final Meteosat Second Generation weather satellite into orbit…
Elon Musk: Falcon 9 Rocket Failure a Huge Blow to SpaceX

July 8, 2015

In his first public comments since the surprise disintegration of the commercial SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket some two minutes…
Cause of SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Failure Unknown

June 30, 2015

The root cause of Sundays (June 28) devastating launch failure of the commercial SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is…
SpaceX Dragon Destroyed in Catastrophic Explosion Soon After Florida Blastoff

June 29, 2015

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship loaded with critical supplies for the International Space Station…
Sentinel-2A poised high

June 18, 2015

With less than a week to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme is…
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