Astra test-fires rocket ahead of 1st Florida launch (video)

Astra took another step forward in preparing for its first-ever launch of operational satellites. The California company performed a “static fire” test with its Rocket 3.3 vehicle at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Saturday (Jan. 22), briefly igniting the launcher’s first-stage engines while keeping it anchored to the pad. The test is part … Read more

In photos: Michael Strahan’s launch into space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard

Liftoff of NS-19 on Dec. 11, 2021. (Image credit: Blue Origin) Blue Origin’s third crewed spaceflight brought a full complement of people into space on New Shepard for the first time, starring “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan. On Dec. 11, 2021, a 10-minute flight successfully launched and landed from Blue Origin’s facilities near Van … Read more

Space Force satellite launch could create a luminous cloud in tonight’s evening sky

If you are outside doing some stargazing in the Western Hemisphere this evening and are looking up at just the right time, you might catch sight of something that will appear quite strange: a small circular cloud of light that will rapidly expand to roughly the apparent size of a full moon, before finally fading … Read more

Axiom’s 1st private crew launch to space station delayed to March

Houston-based Axiom Space now plans to launch its first space mission to the International Space Station on March 31, more than one month later than its initial target. NASA quietly made the announcement Tuesday (Jan. 18) at the bottom of an International Space Station blog post otherwise focused on a recent Russian spacewalk at the … Read more

Cosmosphere craft beer: Space museum set to launch ‘Space Race’ IPA

For 60 years, the Cosmosphere has been a leader in the presentation and preservation of space exploration history. From its dynamic exhibits to its collection of recovered and restored space artifacts, the Hutchinson, Kansas institution has had everything you would want and expect from a world-class museum. Everything, that is, except its own beer. “As … Read more

China sends classified satellite into space during first launch of 2022

China executed its first launch of 2022 with a classified mission, the Shiyan 13 test satellite. The Long March 2D rocket carrying Shiyan 13 launched from the China National Space Administration‘s (CNSA) northern Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center Tuesday (Jan. 17) at 10:35 a.m. local time (0235 GMT, or 9:35 p.m. EST on Jan. 16) The … Read more

You can watch SpaceX launch more than four dozen Starlink internet satellites tonight. Here’s how.

A SpaceX rocket will launch a new fleet of the company’s Starlink internet satellites into orbit tonight (Jan. 17) and you can watch it live online.  In what will be SpaceX’s third flight of 2022, the company is set to loft 49 Starlink satellites into space on a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Launch Complex … Read more

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket spotted from space before and after epic 105-satellite launch (images)

SpaceX has some nice before-and-after photos to mark the 10th launch of one of its Falcon 9 rockets, thanks to a satisfied customer. A Falcon 9 successfully delivered 105 satellites to orbit Thursday (Jan. 13), including 44 “SuperDove” cubesats for Planet, a San Francisco-based company that operates the world’s biggest constellation of Earth-observing satellites. The … Read more

Virgin Orbit sends 7 satellites to orbit in fourth mid-air launch

Make it three in a row for Virgin Orbit. Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket lofted seven small satellites for three different customers today (Jan. 13), marking the third straight successful mission for the California-based company. Cosmic Girl, Virgin Orbit’s modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft, lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port in Southern California today … Read more