Eutelsat satellite to get last ride from SpaceX’s oldest active Falcon 9 booster – Spaceflight Now

The Eutelsat 10B communications satellite inside an antenna test range at Thales Alenia Space in Cannes, France. Credit: Eutelsat A 12,000-pound European broadband communications satellite designed to beam internet signals to airplanes and ships is ready to rocket into a high-altitude orbit from Cape Canaveral Monday night, marking the 11th and final flight for SpaceX’s … Read more

SpaceX launches Falcon 9 booster into retirement on Intelsat mission – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket launched Intelsat’s Galaxy 31 and 32 geostationary communications satellites. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live SpaceX launched one of its reusable Falcon 9 rocket boosters for … Read more

Repaired SpaceX booster to return to action on Starlink Group 4-23

SpaceX will launch its 56th Starlink mission, Group 4-23, taking flight aboard a flight-proven Falcon 9 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Liftoff is expected at 10:22 PM EDT on Saturday (02:22 UTC on Sunday). With SpaceX maintaining an average rate of one launch every 6.28 days, the … Read more

Final week of Artemis 1 preps include Orion closeouts and booster servicing – Spaceflight Now

A member of NASA’s Artemis ground team is seen inside the white room near the Orion spacecraft’s hatch during rollback of the Space Launch System moon rocket to the Vehicle Assembly Building on July 2. Credit: Stephen Clark / Spaceflight Now Ground teams at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center will load fuel into the Space Launch … Read more

Large Chinese missile booster expected to fall back to Earth today – Spaceflight Now

This map shows the ground track of the Long March 5B core stage during the two-hour re-entry window as of Saturday morning. The re-entry and debris footprint could occur anywhere along the track. Credit: Aerospace Corp. The 22-ton core stage of a Chinese missile is expected to fall back to Earth some time Saturday, the … Read more

A 25-ton Chinese rocket booster will crash to Earth today. What’s the risk?

The core stage of a Chinese Long March 5B rocket is set to tumble uncontrollably back to Earth today in a reentry that China is tracking closely and has said poses little risk. The roughly 25-ton (23 metric tons) rocket stage, which launched on July 24 to deliver the Wentian laboratory cabin module to China’s … Read more

SpaceX’s next crew launch delayed by booster damage – Spaceflight Now

A Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft launched April 8 on the Ax-1 commercial crew mission for Axiom Space. Credit: SpaceX SpaceX and NASA have delayed the launch of the next US crew flight to the International Space Station from early September to no earlier than Sept. 29, allowing time for ground teams to … Read more

SpaceX rideshare launch on tap today, followed by booster landing – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. The Transporter 5 mission will launch 59 small payloads from customers around the world. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live Fifty-nine small satellites and hosted experiments are awaiting launch Wednesday … Read more

Rocket Lab briefly catches booster in mid-air after successful launch – Spaceflight Now

A camera on Rocket Lab’s recovery helicopter shows the Electron booster under its parachute following launch Monday. Credit: Rocket Lab Rocket Lab used a helicopter to capture a spent Electron first stage booster and its parachute after launching satellites from New Zealand Monday, a significant step forward for the company’s rocket recovery and reuse program. … Read more

SpaceX launches Falcon 9 booster for second time in three weeks – Spaceflight Now

SpaceX fires a Falcon 9 rocket into the sky over Cape Canaveral with 53 more Starlink internet satellites. Credit: Michael Cain / Spaceflight Now / Coldlife Photography SpaceX continued throttling up its launch rate with another Starlink mission from Cape Canaveral Friday, up a rapid recycle with a Falcon 9 first stage booster flying for … Read more