NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

But one thing was certain: on Orion’s first foray beyond Earth, a crew-less capsule would complete a six-day circuit of the moon; that’s the mission Bridenstine now says could launch atop a commercial rocket.

Watch as SpaceX Launches the First Private Lunar Lander

Watch as SpaceX Launches the First Private Lunar Lander

The Beresheet lander is a joint venture between Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL —one of the participants in the Google Lunar X Prize, which challenged private companies to land spacecraft on the moon without government funds—and Israel Aerospace Industries, the country's largest aerospace and defense company.

China’s Moon Lander Wakes Up From Its Long, Ultra-Cold Night

China’s Moon Lander Wakes Up From Its Long, Ultra-Cold Night

But yesterday, China’s space agency announced that the frigidity of the lunar night is even more intense than we’d thought: The country’s Chang’e 4 spacecraft recorded an icy low of –310 degrees Fahrenheit (–190 degrees Celsius).

SpaceX Revs Its Engines as It Gets Closer to Crewed Flight

SpaceX Revs Its Engines as It Gets Closer to Crewed Flight

SpaceX Revs Its Engines as It Gets Closer to Crewed Flight Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto/Getty Images Last Thursday, a shiny new SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sat perched atop NASA’s historic Pad 39A, at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, waiting to briefly fire its engines.

Space Billboards Are Just the Latest Orbital Stunt

Space Billboards Are Just the Latest Orbital Stunt

To pursue the idea, Sitnikov founded StartRocket, which plans to use a hundreds-strong constellation of CubeSats, each equipped with a reflective sail, to display ads, and perhaps emergency and event-based messages.

This Year SpaceX Made Us All Believe in Reusable Rockets

This Year SpaceX Made Us All Believe in Reusable Rockets

To that end, the company has shown that it was able reuse the same booster three times; it also opened a new landing site, which should help reduce post-launch processing times.Another long-standing goal was to debut its heavy-lift rocket, the Falcon Heavy.

Watch Blue Origin Launch a Rocket Stuffed With NASA Gear

Watch Blue Origin Launch a Rocket Stuffed With NASA Gear

The vehicle will carry a bevy of NASA-sponsored payloads into suborbital space, where they will experience a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to Earth.Founded by Jeff Bezos and backed by his personal wealth, Blue Origin is developing reusable rockets with the goal of lowering the cost of access to space.

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

“I am still very concerned.” He later cited another launch of 31 objects, of which only 18 had been identified three and a half days in.“We put our plan in front of all the regulators and in front of the Combined Space Operations Center,” Blake says, referring to the relevant part of the Air Force.

SpaceX’s Failed Landing Still Ended With a Clean Plop

SpaceX’s Failed Landing Still Ended With a Clean Plop

But unlike Monday’s textbook touchdown, today’s landing didn’t quite go as planned.The Falcon’s first stage, the largest and most expensive portion of the rocket, was expected to navigate itself back to land after launching the Dragon spacecraft.

Watch SpaceX Attempt Its Wickedly Complex Satellite Launch

Watch SpaceX Attempt Its Wickedly Complex Satellite Launch

The California-based aerospace company is flexing its ridesharing muscles in a carefully choreographed orbital ballet as its flagship rocket—the Falcon 9—prepares to launch 64 small satellites into orbit.The mission, dubbed SSO-A, is slated to lift off a little after 10:30 am PT from the company’s west coast launch site, the second flight within a few weeks for SpaceX.

Try Landing InSight on Mars (Without Exploding)

Try Landing InSight on Mars (Without Exploding)

Finally, the lander detached from the parachute and traveled the last part of the journey using rockets to control its descent.Now for the real question, though: Could you be in charge of the InSight landing?

SpaceX's Next Launch Will Spark a Space Internet Showdown

SpaceX's Next Launch Will Spark a Space Internet Showdown

“For 90 percent of the planet’s surface, you need satellites,” says Fabien Jordan, founder and CEO of Astrocast, one of the startups sending a satellite up next week.If shippers want to track assets at sea, farmers wish to check on the health of their crops, or governments seek to monitor dangerous bridges today, they must deploy powerful devices connecting to traditional satellite communications providers like Iridium, Globalstar and Inmarsat.

America’s Spaceport Boom Is Outpacing the Need to Go to Space

America’s Spaceport Boom Is Outpacing the Need to Go to Space

From Colorado's shiny new station, located at the Front Range Airport in Adams County, and the 10 other spaceports in the US, private companies hope to launch rockets and spaceplanes that will carry rich astro-tourists and satellites.