LightSail 2 Mission is Going Strong and Sending Mission Info Home

LightSail 2 is the third attempt to send a light sail spacecraft into orbit by the global non-profit society, which is devoted to promoting space exploration. Since reaching orbit, the LightSail 2 has been indicated that it is in good working order.

Europe is Working On a Reusable Space Transport System: Space Rider

The European Space Agency is developing its own reusable spacecraft. Space Rider will be an un-crewed vehicle with high-tech capabilities that will provide access to space for scientific and commercial enterprises.

Prototype of a Future Interstellar Probe was Just Tested

Researchers have recently conducted a successful stratospheric test of their wafercraft. If all goes well, the spacecraft will be able to reach relativistic speeds and make it to the nearest star system within our lifetimes.

Test Mission of SpaceX Crew Dragon Successfully Finished

Indeed, the Demo-1 mission went exactly as planned, signifying an important milestone for the U.S. as it strives to regain its ability to independently send astronauts into space.

SpaceX given the go-ahead for Dragon's first journey into Earth orbit

NASA and SpaceX announced that they are ready to conduct the first orbital launch of Crew Dragon as early as March 2nd, a demonstration that will directly precede the first crewed launch on a US rocket in more eight years.

SpaceX ties its record for most launches in a year

With Thursday's launch, SpaceX has now flown 18 mission this year, tying its record set in 2017. The company could fly as many as four more rockets this year.

Mission to Slam Spacecraft Into Asteroid Has Begun Construction

A mission to deflect asteroids that might threaten Earth has begun its final assembly phase, according to a news release. NASA is testing a technique meant to protect the planet from an impending asteroid strike.

Boeing calls 2019 Starliner vehicle crew launch “realistic”

Boeing will target the end of this year (or early 2019) for an uncrewed orbital flight test of its Starliner vehicle.

Virgin Galactic Spaceplane Makes First Powered Flight Since 2014 Disaster

Though just a test, it’s an important milestone for the Richard Branson-led company, which aims to eventually offer suborbital flights to space tourists.

Air-Breathing Thruster Aims to Power Satellites Almost Indefinitely

The novel European Space Agency technology would scoop up atmospheric nitrogen and oxygen during near-Earth orbits and turn it into fuel.

China is Working on a Powerful Rocket That Could Launch by 2030

China plans to create new classes of heavy rockets in future, these include the Long March 9 rocket, a three-stage, super-heavy rocket that would allow for crewed missions to the Moon.

The First SpaceX BFR Should Make Orbital Launches by 2020

According to a recent interview Musk made at the 2018 SXSW conference, the Big Falcon Rocket will be ready to conduct test launches in the next two years.

SpaceX has now successfully landed 20 rockets

Friday's launch went off without a hitch, with the Falcon 9 booster sending a Dragon spacecraft into a good orbit to reach the ISS. This marks the company's 20th successful landing overall.

NASA's Next-Generation Spaceplane Passes Free Flight Test

It’s called the Dream Chaser, a reusable spaceplane that will one day transport cargo and crews to the International Space Station.

SpaceX Successfully Launches the First of Two Falcon 9 Rockets in Three Days

This is the first of two launches for this week, the first being a ten satellite payload for the new Iridium NEXT constellation and the second is for the SES-11/EchoStar 105 satellite.