Indian rocket failure blamed on upper stage malfunction

India’s GSLV Mk.2 rocket lifts off with the EOS-03 satellite. Credit: ISRO An Indian Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle tumbled out of control five minutes after liftoff Wednesday when the rocket’s cryogenic upper stage failed to ignite, destroying a long-delayed Earth observation spacecraft and ending a streak of 16 straight successful Indian space launches. The GSLV …

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India set to launch Earth-viewing telescope into geostationary orbit

India’s EOS 3 satellite, formerly known as GISAT 1, features a large telescope designed to peer down at the Indian subcontinent from geostationary orbit. Credit: ISRO India is set to launch the first in a new line of high-altitude Earth observation satellites Wednesday aboard a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle debuting a slightly wider payload shroud …

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Northrop Grumman launches commercial resupply mission to space station

Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket lifts off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia at 6:01 p.m. EDT (2201 GMT) Tuesday. Credit: Alex Polimeni / Spaceflight Now A successful launch from Virginia aboard an Antares rocket Tuesday kicked off Northrop Grumman’s 16th commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station, setting the stage for arrival of …

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Antares launch timeline on the NG-16 mission

This graphic illustrates the major events during the Antares rocket’s climb into orbit with the Cygnus supply ship on the NG-16 mission. Credit: Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket will deliver a Cygnus supply ship into orbit Tuesday to begin a pursuit of the International Space Station. The rocket’s two RD-181 engines will ignite around …

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Boeing continues Starliner valve troubleshooting

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft inside the Vertical Integration Facility at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Credit: Boeing Boeing engineers at Cape Canaveral continue troubleshooting stuck valves in the propulsion system of the company’s Starliner crew capsule in hopes of resolving the problem — and understanding what caused it — in time to take off on an …

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We used peanuts and a climbing wall to learn how squirrels judge their leaps so successfully – and how their skills could inspire more nimble robots

How do they stick their landings? Alex Turton via Getty Images Tree squirrels are the Olympic divers of the rodent world, leaping gracefully among branches and structures high above the ground. And as with human divers, a squirrel’s success in this competition requires both physical strength and mental adaptability. The Jacobs lab studies cognition in …

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Antares rocket ready for launch on space station resupply mission

A mobile clean room, seen here Monday, attached to the nose cone of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket allowed ground teams to load time-sensitive cargo into a Cygnus supply ship before its launch to the International Space Station. Credit: Alex Polimeni / Spaceflight Now Northrop Grumman packed last-minute cargo into a commercial Cygnus supply ship Monday …

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Fully stacked Starship caps busy week at SpaceX’s Texas rocket yard

Crews at SpaceX’s Starbase test site in South Texas stack the company’s first full-scale Starship launch vehicle Friday. Credit: SpaceX Last week’s progress at SpaceX’s Starship development site culminated with the spectacular, but brief, sight of a fully-stacked launcher towering nearly 400 feet above the tidal flats of South Texas. The first full stacking of …

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Virgin Galactic re-opens ticket sales, first commercial flight slips to late ’22

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION The rocket motor on Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity rocket plane fires during a July 11 climb to space with Richard Branson and other company employees. Credit: Virgin Galactic Virgin Galactic, buoyed by a successful July 11 suborbital test flight with founder Richard Branson on the company’s winged rocket …

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Keeping up busy launch schedule, China launches military telecom satellite

A Long March 3B rocket lifts off with the Chinasat 2E satellite Thursday. Credit: CASC China launched a communications satellite likely designed for use by the Chinese military Thursday, keeping up a busy schedule of space missions with the country’s fourth orbital launch attempt in barely a week. The launch Thursday occurred at 12:30 p.m. …

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