Launches

June 18, 2020

NASA to allow reuse of Crew Dragon spacecraft and boosters

WASHINGTON — NASA will allow SpaceX to reuse Crew Dragon spacecraft and the Falcon 9 first stages for launching them as soon as next year. A […]
June 17, 2020

Virgin Orbit’s first air-launched rocket launch fails

The reason people use the aphorism “it isn’t rocket science” is because rocket science is hard.  Virgin Orbit, a spin-off of Virgin Galactic that focuses on small satellite launches, […]
June 15, 2020

Astronauts: Falcon 9 rocket was ‘totally different’ ride than the space shuttle

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was a “pure flying machine” compared to the space shuttle, according to the astronauts who rode it into space. Doug Hurley and […]
June 14, 2020

SpaceX launches 58 Starlink satellites, three Planet SkySats on Falcon 9

WASHINGTON — SpaceX completed its ninth bulk Starlink launch June 13, a mission that included a rideshare customer for the first time. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket […]
June 13, 2020

Mars 2020 launch slips three days

WASHINGTON — A launch vehicle processing “hiccup” has pushed back next month’s launch of NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission by three days. NASA Associate Administrator Steve […]
June 4, 2020

SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites and lands rocket in dazzling nighttime liftoff

The company isn’t resting on its Demo-2 laurels. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched a new batch of 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit late Wednesday (June 3) and […]
June 1, 2020

SpaceX’s Starship underwent a Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly—we do mean rapid

The accident came after what appeared to be a successful static fire test. On Friday, SpaceX prepared its latest iteration of the Starship prototype vehicle, known […]
May 31, 2020

SpaceX Nasa Mission: Astronaut capsule set to dock with space station

US astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will dock to the International Space Station (ISS) later. The men are making their way up to the orbiting […]
May 28, 2020

Historic launch of SpaceX rocket delayed over bad weather

Next launch opportunity is Saturday at 3:22 p.m. ET SpaceX, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s private rocket company, was forced by foul weather to scrub a planned […]