New NASA app puts you in the pilot’s seat of Boeing’s Starliner or SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

New NASA app puts you in the pilot’s seat of Boeing’s Starliner or SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

NASA has a new app (or web-based game, if you’re on desktop) that provides a simplified simulation of what it’s like to plan and run a commercial crew mission – meaning one of the planned varieties of mission that will actually take place aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing Read more…

Rocket Lab’s new ‘Rosie the Robot’ speeds up launch vehicle production – by a lot

Rocket Lab’s new ‘Rosie the Robot’ speeds up launch vehicle production – by a lot

Rocket launch startup Rocket Lab is all about building out rapid-response space launch capabilities, and founder/CEO Peter Beck is showing off its latest advancement in service of that goal: A room-sized manufacturing robot named ‘Rosie.’ Rosie is tasked with processing the carbon composite components of Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle. Read more…

SpaceX launches re-flown fairing for the first time and breaks a Falcon 9 booster re-use record

SpaceX launches re-flown fairing for the first time and breaks a Falcon 9 booster re-use record

SpaceX has successfully launched its first batch of production Starlink satellites today, sending 60 of the small satellites to their target orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. These 60 satellites follow 60 launched in May, but whereas those, and two launched last year, were for testing purposes, this new batch Read more…

Watch live as SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites with a thrice-flown Falcon 9 rocket

Watch live as SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites with a thrice-flown Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX has a big launch coming up this morning from Cape Canaveral in Florida – a Falcon 9 will carry a payload of 60 of its Starlink orbital communications satellites to space at 9:56 AM ET (6:56 AM PT). The Starlink satellites are the first non-test group of SpaceX’s new Read more…

Elon Musk says building the first sustainable city on Mars will take 1,000 Starships and 20 years

Elon Musk says building the first sustainable city on Mars will take 1,000 Starships and 20 years

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk went into a bit more detail about the timelines and vehicle requirements to not only reach Mars, but to set up a sustainable base on the red planet that can serve as an actual city, supporting a local population. That’s the long-term vision for Musk and Read more…

Elon Musk says SpaceX’s Starship could fly for as little as $2 million per launch

Elon Musk says SpaceX’s Starship could fly for as little as $2 million per launch

SpaceX’s goal has long been to achieve truly reusable rocket launch capabilities, and for good reason: The company anticipates huge cost savings through re-usable rocketry, vs. expendable launch vehicles, which SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has described as a process akin to an airline throwing away their passenger aircraft every time Read more…

UK Space Agency will provide $9.5 million to Virgin Orbit for Cornwall spaceport

UK Space Agency will provide $9.5 million to Virgin Orbit for Cornwall spaceport

Richard Branson’s small satellite launch company Virgin Orbit announced today that it has secured final approval on a £7.35 million ($9.5 million) grant from the UK Space Agency (UKSA), funds which will be used by Virgin Orbit to help set up its Cornwall-based launch facility. Virgin Orbit has been putting Read more…

Take a virtual tour through Rocket Lab’s New Zealand rocket launch facility

Take a virtual tour through Rocket Lab’s New Zealand rocket launch facility

Rocket Lab is one of the extremely small group of rocket launch startups that is actually sending payloads to space, and the company sends all of its spacecraft up from a scenic peninsula located on the East Coast of New Zealand. Why? It’s ideally placed for high frequency launch windows, Read more…

Boeing’s Starliner crew spacecraft launch pad abort test is a success

NASA’s commercial crew partner Boeing has achieved a key milestone on the way to actually flying astronauts aboard its CST-100 Starliner: Demonstrating that its launch pad abort system works as designed, which is a key safety system that NASA requires to be in place before the aerospace company can put Read more…