Launches

May 2, 2020

SpaceX aces final parachute test ahead of historic May 27 crew launch

The big pre-Demo-2 boxes have now been checked. SpaceX’s path toward its first-ever crew launch now appears clear. The company had two big boxes to check […]
April 25, 2020

China’s Mars mission named Tianwen-1, appears on track for July launch

HELSINKI — China has named its first independent interplanetary mission Tianwen-1, with the combined Mars orbiter and rover spacecraft apparently proceeding towards launch in July. The […]
April 23, 2020

Starlink passes 400 satellites with seventh dedicated launch

WASHINGTON — SpaceX launched its seventh batch of Starlink satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket April 22, growing its internet constellation to 422 satellites in low […]
April 21, 2020

NASA to Host Preview Briefings, Interviews for First Crew Launch with SpaceX

  With the first mission to return human spaceflight launches to American soil now targeted to lift off May 27, NASA will highlight the historic flight […]
April 20, 2020

UAE Mars mission to ship to launch site

WASHINGTON — A Mars orbiter developed by the United Arab Emirates will ship to its launch site in Japan this week, its launch preparations affected by […]
April 19, 2020

NASA announces first SpaceX crewed flight for May 27

A SpaceX rocket will send two American astronauts to the International Space Station on May 27, NASA announced on Friday, the first crewed spaceflight from the […]
April 16, 2020

Mars 2020 remains on track for July launch

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission, one of the agency’s highest priorities during the coronavirus pandemic, remains on schedule for a launch in mid-July, officials […]
April 14, 2020

Bridenstine says Crew Dragon could launch with astronauts at end of May

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says he is “fairly confident” that astronauts can fly to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship at the end […]
April 13, 2020

Virgin Orbit completes final major test before first LauncherOne flight

WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit completed a captive carry test flight of its LauncherOne system April 12, the final major milestone before the company performs its first […]