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

Falcon Heavy rocket on the launch pad for one of SpaceX’s most complex missions – Spaceflight Now

The 27 Merlin engines on the Falcon Heavy’s three first stage boosters. Credit: SpaceX The first Falcon Heavy missile flight since 2019 is scheduled Tuesday to kick off SpaceX’s longest-duration launch mission to date, a roughly six-hour climb into geosynchronous orbit more than 20,000 miles over the equator with a bundle of payloads for the … Read more

Dennis Tito, first space tourist, books trip around the moon on SpaceX’s Starship – Spaceflight Now

Akiko and Dennis Tito at SpaceX’s Starbase facility in South Texas. Credit: SpaceX Dennis Tito, an 82-year-old aerospace engineer-turned-financial analyst who paid Russia $20 million for a trip to the International Space Station in 2001, is working with SpaceX on plans to take his wife on what amounts to a belated honeymoon voyage to the … Read more

Dual satellite launch for Intelsat next on SpaceX’s launch schedule – Spaceflight Now

The Galaxy 33 and Galaxy 34 (top and bottom) satellites stacked in launch configuration at SpaceX’s payload processing facility at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Credit: Intelsat For the third time in 31 hours, SpaceX is poised to fire a Falcon 9 rocket into space Thursday, this time on a mission from Cape Canaveral with … Read more

After a three-year wait, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy could launch again later this month – Spaceflight Now

SpaceX’s second Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A on April 11, 2019, with the Arabsat 6A communications satellite. Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now More than three years after SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket last blazed a path into orbit, the 28-engine launcher is finally set to fly again as soon as Oct. … 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

Falcon 9 rocket set to launch SpaceX’s next Starlink mission – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Starlink 4-25 mission will launch SpaceX’s next batch of 53 Starlink broadband satellites. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live SpaceX plans to send another cluster of 53 Starlink internet satellites … Read more

SpaceX’s 50th dedicated Starlink mission begins filling new network layer – Spaceflight Now

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket fires into orbit from California with 46 Starlink satellites. Credit: SpaceX SpaceX launched the 50th dedicated mission for the Starlink internet network Sunday from California’s Central Coast, deploying 46 broadband relay nodes to begin populating a new polar-orbiting “shell” to fill in gaps in the satellite constellation. The 46 Starlink satellites … Read more

NASA safety advisors voice concerns over Boeing’s Starliner, SpaceX’s Starship – Spaceflight Now

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft descends under parachutes on Dec. 22, 2019, at the conclusion of the Orbital Flight Test-1 mission. Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani Members of NASA’s independent safety advisory panel on Thursday cautioned the space agency not to rush toward a crew test flight of Boeing’s troubled Starliner spacecraft, and voiced concerns about final certification of … Read more

SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronauts dish on their action-packed 6 months in orbit

From dodging space debris to welcoming the first-ever fully private astronaut mission to the International Space Station, SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission had a very eventful six months off Earth. Crew-3 docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Nov. 11, and the mission’s four astronauts will witness a rapidly changing space environment almost from the moment … Read more