Launches

March 7, 2020

NASA declares Starliner mishap a “high visibility close call”

“We could have lost a spacecraft twice during this mission.” After pondering the totality of issues that arose during a December test flight of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft this […]
March 3, 2020

Astra’s bid to win $12 million DARPA Launch Challenge comes up short

But Astra plans to launch many missions in the near future. The DARPA Launch Challenge’s $12 million purse will go unclaimed. The California-based spaceflight startup Astra scrubbed a […]
March 1, 2020

SpaceX’s Starship SN1 prototype appears to burst during pressure test

SpaceX’s new Starship prototype appeared to burst during a pressure test late Friday (Feb. 28), rupturing under the glare of flood lights and mist at the company’s south […]
February 23, 2020

‘Mad Mike’ Hughes, daredevil who built a homemade steam rocket, dies in launch attempt

Daredevil “Mad Mike” Hughes died Saturday (Feb. 22) during his latest attempt to launch into the sky on a homemade rocket powered by steam. Hughes, 64, was […]
February 18, 2020

SpaceX launches fifth batch of Starlink satellites, misses booster landing

WASHINGTON — SpaceX completed its fifth dedicated Starlink launch Feb. 17, successfully sending 60 satellites into low Earth orbit while missing what would have been the […]
February 16, 2020

Cygnus launches to space station

WASHINGTON — A Cygnus cargo spacecraft launched Feb. 15 carrying more than three tons of supplies and experiments for the International Space Station. A Northrop Grumman […]
February 7, 2020

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, built to carry astronauts, faces new safety concerns

New York (CNN Business)Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, which is designed to carry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, encountered a second, previously undisclosed, software issue during a botched test […]
February 3, 2020

Decades in the making, Solar Orbiter finally meets launcher at Cape Canaveral

The European-built Solar Orbiter spacecraft was installed on top of its United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 launcher Friday at Cape Canaveral, ready for final charging and […]
January 20, 2020

SpaceX successfully completes its Dragon abort test

The capsule successfully separated and splashed down gently into the Atlantic. Today, SpaceX attempted a critical test of its ability to launch humans to orbit: the […]