Watch live as Blue Origin aims for a booster re-use record with rocket launch

Watch live as Blue Origin aims for a booster re-use record with rocket launch

Blue Origin will be looking to launch one of its New Shepard sub-orbital spacecraft today – a second attempt after weather didn’t cooperate yesterday. Conditions are looking much better at the company’s West Texas launch site, so the Jeff Bezos-founded space venture is much more optimistic that today’s launch will Read more…

Watch live as Blue Origin aims for a booster re-use record with New Shepard launch

Watch live as Blue Origin aims for a booster re-use record with New Shepard launch

Jeff Bezos -founded space company Blue Origin has a launch scheduled for today, with a liftoff window set for 8:30 AM CST (9:30 AM EST/6:30 AM PST). The launch livestream above will begin at around 30 minutes prior to liftoff. The launch today will see a New Shepard rocket take Read more…

Volocopter awarded key designation by European aviation safety regulator

Volocopter awarded key designation by European aviation safety regulator

Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft maker Volocotper has received a Design Organization Approval (DOA) from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This is basically a recognition by the EU that the processes Volocopter has in place in developing and building its aircraft are of a high enough Read more…

Near Space Labs provides unmatched high-resolution imaging using stratospheric satellites

Near Space Labs provides unmatched high-resolution imaging using stratospheric satellites

Imaging is one of the key markets in the emerging space tech industry, and for good reason – there’s a proven and robust demand for imaging and Earth observation data among government, private and other clients. Orbital satellites satisfy some of this demand, and companies like Planet have grown sizeable Read more…

Max Q: SpaceX and Rocket Lab launch rockets and X-Wings take flight

Max Q: SpaceX and Rocket Lab launch rockets and X-Wings take flight

Sign up here to receive Max Q weekly in your inbox, starting December 15. This week saw a ton of activity in the space industry, with multiple launches, key preparations for commercial crew missions, robots and much more. Besides all the real space news, there’s also some extreme fan service Read more…

Real X-Wings took flight at Disney’s new Star Wars ride grand opening thanks to Boeing

Boeing might be taking the last crucial steps to prepare for its first crewed Starliner capsule spaceflight, but it’s also busy turning sci-fi into reality right here on Earth – by helping Disney build X-Wing large-scale starfighters to celebrate the opening of the ‘Rise of the Resistance’ ride at Disney Read more…

Boeing Starliner crew capsule and Atlas V rocket complete dress rehearsal ahead of test flight

Boeing Starliner crew capsule and Atlas V rocket complete dress rehearsal ahead of test flight

Boeing and launch partner United Launch Alliance (ULA) completed a key step today in pursuit of launching U.S. astronauts aboard their commercial spacecraft. The Boeing CST-100 Starliner crew capsule was atop the ULA Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complext 41 in Florida, with the rocket Read more…

Rocket Lab launches 10th Electron mission with successful rocket booster re-entry

Rocket Lab launches 10th Electron mission with successful rocket booster re-entry

Rocket Lab launched its 10th Electron spacecraft on Friday morning, successfully delivering payloads for clients Spaceflight and Alba Orbital. The launch company also had an important secondary mission for this launch: Testing out the guidance, control and navigation systems of their first stage rocket recovery system. Rocket Lab announced earlier Read more…

Rocket Lab readies Electron for the first launch with rocket recovery systems on board

Rocket Lab readies Electron for its first launch with rocket recovery systems on board

Update: Running Out of Fingers has launched successfully! We’ll know more about the results of the recovery system study soon. Rocket Lab is getting ready to fly its tenth mission, delayed from its first launch window last week and now making its second attempt. Aside from being a milestone 10th Read more…

AI-enabled assistant robot returning to the Space Station with improved emotional intelligence

AI-enabled assistant robot returning to the Space Station with improved emotional intelligence

The Crew Interactive Mobile Companion (or CIMON for short) recorded a number of firsts on its initial mission to the International Space Station, which took place last November, including becoming the first ever autonomous free-floating robot to operate aboard the station, and the first ever smart astronaut assistant. But CIMON Read more…