Here’s the first look inside Orbex’s Scotland rocket factory

Here’s the first look inside Orbex’s Scotland rocket factory

European private launch startup Orbex is getting ready to start actually launching payloads aboard its own rockets, and it’s pulling back the curtains to give a look at the factory it’s using to build its launch vehicles. The UK-based company is building its rockets from a facility in Scotland, and Read more…

Nanoracks just booked a SpaceX launch to demo tech that turns used spacecraft into orbital habitats

Nanoracks just booked a SpaceX launch to demo tech that turns used spacecraft into orbital habitats

SpaceX is going to launch a payload for client Nanoracks aboard one of its new rideshare missions, currently targeting late 2020, that will demonstrate a very ambitious piece of tech from the commercial space station company. Nanoracks is sending up a payload platform that will show off how it can Read more…

Arianespace will offer the first rocket rideshare mission to the Moon in 2023

Arianespace will offer the first rocket rideshare mission to the Moon in 2023

European launch provider Arianespace announced some exciting news regarding its ambitions for the Moon at the International Astronautical Congress today. Arianespace CEO Stéphane Israël revealed on stage that its forthcoming space launch vehicle, the Ariane 6, will aim to deliver the first rideshare mission to the Moon in four years. Read more…

Rocket Lab aims to deliver small satellites to the Moon and beyond

Rocket Lab aims to deliver small satellites to the Moon and beyond

Rocket Lab kicked off the International Astronautical Congress with the news that it’ll begin offering small satellite delivery service to orbits beyond low Earth orbit, where it currently operates – including delivering payloads all the way to the Moon. The longer-range service will be provided via its Photon spacecraft, which Read more…

Japan’s ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023

Japan’s ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023

One of the private companies aiming to deliver a commercial lunar lander to the Moon has adjusted the timing for its planned mission, which isn’t all that surprising given the enormity of the task. Japanese startup ispace is now targeting 2021 for their first lunar landing, and 2023 for a Read more…

Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket will go reusable, with the company aiming for mid-air helicopter recovery

Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket will go reusable, with the company aiming for mid-air helicopter recovery

Private rocket launch startup and SpaceX competitor Rocket Lab made a big announcement today: It’ll be looking to re-use the first stage of its Electron rockets, returning them to Earth with a controlled landing after they make their initial trip to orbit with the payload on board. The landing sequence Read more…

Virgin Orbit performs a successful drop test of its LauncherOne rocket launch system

Virgin Orbit performs a successful drop test of its LauncherOne rocket launch system

Richard Branson-backed space startup Virgin Orbit has completed a key step along its path to launching satellites for commercial customers. The company held a successful “drop test” of its LauncherOne rocket, in which the crucial piece of its launch system was released in a free fall from its Boeing 747-based Read more…