X Home Page Highlight

SpaceX requests public safety determination for early return to flight for its Falcon 9 rocket

An unusual build up of ice on the second stage of the Falcon 9 that launched the Starlink 9-3 mission. Image: SpaceX. SpaceX is seeking to resuming launching its Falcon 9 rocket soon. In a statement to Spaceflight Now, the Federal Aviation Administration said the company was seeking a public safety determination. That request was …

SpaceX requests public safety determination for early return to flight for its Falcon 9 rocket Read More »

Starliner crew confident spacecraft will bring them safely home

Boeing Starliner astronauts Sunita Williams and Barry “Butch” Wilmore spoke to reporters Wednesday and said they’re confident the spacecraft will bring them safely back to Earth. In the meantime, Williams said, they’re both enjoying their extended stay aboard the International Space Station. Image: NASA TV The crew of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft said Wednesday they’re confident …

Starliner crew confident spacecraft will bring them safely home Read More »

Live coverage: SpaceX to launch Turkish satellite on Falcon 9 flight from Cape Canaveral

The first home-grown communications satellite 6A satellite is encapsulate inside SpaceX Falcon 9 payload fairings ahead of its planned launch on July 8, 2024. Image: SpaceX Turkey is poised to launch its first home-grown communications satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Turkey’s Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Abdulkadir Uraloğlu called the Türksat 6A geostationary …

Live coverage: SpaceX to launch Turkish satellite on Falcon 9 flight from Cape Canaveral Read More »

European Space Agency makes final preparations for inaugural Ariane 6 launch

The Ariane 6 rocket stands at the launch pad at the Europe Spaceport in French Guiana following the removal of the mobile launch gantry. Image: M. Pédoussaut/ESA To quote the title track of Swedish rock band Europe’s third album, “It’s the final countdown” for the long awaited Ariane 6 to finally take flight. After running …

European Space Agency makes final preparations for inaugural Ariane 6 launch Read More »

Watch: Firefly to launch 8 CubeSats for NASA on 5th Alpha rocket

Firefly Aerospace’s Alpha rocket carrying eight CubeSats as part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative’s (CSLI) ELaNa (Educational Launch of Nanosatellites) 43 mission rolls out of the company’s Payload Processing Facility to Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, on Sunday, June 30, 2024. Firefly Aerospace is one of three companies selected to …

Watch: Firefly to launch 8 CubeSats for NASA on 5th Alpha rocket Read More »

Starliner landing now on indefinite hold for more tests, but NASA insists crew not ‘stranded’ in space

This view from a window on the cupola overlooks a portion of the International Space and shows the partially obscured Starliner spacecraft from Boeing docked to the Harmony module’s forward port. Image: NASA The return to Earth of Boeing’s Starliner capsule is on indefinite hold pending results of new thruster tests and ongoing analysis of …

Starliner landing now on indefinite hold for more tests, but NASA insists crew not ‘stranded’ in space Read More »

Live coverage: SpaceX to launch 350th Falcon 9 rocket on a Starlink flight from Cape Canaveral

A Falcon 9 stands ready for a Starlink mission at Cape Canaveral’s pad 40. File photo: Adam Bernstein/Spaceflight Now. SpaceX is marking two key records with the planned launch of its latest batch of Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The Starlink 10-3 mission will be SpaceX’s 350th Falcon 9 rocket launch. The …

Live coverage: SpaceX to launch 350th Falcon 9 rocket on a Starlink flight from Cape Canaveral Read More »

Live coverage: SpaceX to launch final NASA, NOAA GOES weather satellite on Falcon Heavy rocket

The 10th SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket stands ready to launch the joint NASA and NOAA GOES-U mission on June 25, 2024. Image: Adam Bernstein / Spaceflight Now The finale in a series of critical weather satellites for the United States faces some weather challenges as it looks to join its three fellow satellites on orbit. …

Live coverage: SpaceX to launch final NASA, NOAA GOES weather satellite on Falcon Heavy rocket Read More »

NASA again delays Starliner undocking, return to Earth

The Starliner spacecraft on NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test is pictured docked to the Harmony module’s forward port as the International Space Station orbited 263 miles above the Mediterranean Sea. Image: NASA. NASA and Boeing managers have again decided to extend the Starliner crew capsule’s stay at the International Space Station, passing up a June …

NASA again delays Starliner undocking, return to Earth Read More »

Live coverage: Rocket Lab to launch 50th Electron rocket

Rocket Lab’s 50th Electron rocket stands ready to launch five satellites on behalf of France-based internet of things company, Kinéis. Image: Rocket Lab Rocket Lab is on the precipice of reaching a milestone that few commercial rockets achieved and at a pace that outperformed its competition. The company is set to launch its 50th Electron …

Live coverage: Rocket Lab to launch 50th Electron rocket Read More »