NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket to roll out Aug. 18 for lunar launch

Artemis 1 rocket beside Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA

NASA’s ambitious Artemis 1 moon mission is go to return to the pad, one last time, ahead of launch. The Artemis 1 stack will make the roughly 4-mile (6.4 kilometers) journey from Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Complex 39B on Aug. 18, NASA confirmed on Friday (Aug. 5). The rollout will keep … Read more

Astra cancels Rocket 3 line after multiple launch failures

An image of Astra

Astra plans to stop production on its current rocket line following several launch failures. The California-based company will instead focus on “the next version of its launch system,” a more powerful vehicle that will have a higher reliability, capacity and rate of production, Astra announced (opens in new tab) on Thursday (Aug. 4). “It was … Read more

Rocket Report: SpaceX launches Korea to the Moon, Georgia’s litigious spaceport

Enlarge / An Atlas V rocket launches a Space Based Infrared System satellite on Thursday morning from Cape Canaveral Space Force Base. Trevor Mahlmann Welcome to Edition 5.05 of the Rocket Report! Don’t look now, but we could be fewer than four weeks away from the launch of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket. I have covered … Read more

SpaceX launches South Korea’s 1st-ever moon mission, lands rocket at sea

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying South Korea

South Korea is on its way to the moon. The Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) lifted off today (Aug. 4) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, kicking off South Korea’s first-ever deep-space mission and setting the stage for more ambitious moon efforts down the road. KPLO, also known as Danuri, “will be the first step … Read more

South Korea Launches First Moon Mission on SpaceX Rocket

Joining the list of nations with ambitious plans in space, South Korea set off for the moon on Thursday. Its first lunar spacecraft, named Danuri, was carried toward space on time at 7:08 p.m. Eastern time by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. After about 40 … Read more

SpaceX addressing Falcon 9 rocket damage ahead of next NASA astronaut launch

A Falcon 9 rocket colliding with a bridge was responsible for the damage that delayed SpaceX’s next human launch. The Falcon 9  first stage was damaged during transport, a SpaceX representative told reporters during a briefing today (Aug. 4).  The briefing topic was SpaceX’s delayed Crew-5 mission, which is now slated to fly four individuals … Read more

Atlas V rocket launches missile-detecting satellite for U.S. Space Force

United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched the sixth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO-6) satellite this morning (Aug. 4)

The United States’ missile-tracking capabilities are about to get a boost. United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched the sixth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO-6) satellite this morning (Aug. 4), completing the SBIRS GEO constellation for the U.S. Space Force‘s Space Systems Command (SSC). An Atlas V rocket carrying the missile-detection satellite lifted … Read more

2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic leaderboard, grades: Tony Finau dominates in second consecutive win

From the very beginning of the 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic, any thought of a hangover performance from Tony Finau was put to bed. Winning last week’s 3M Open in convincing fashion, the American was at it again at Detroit Golf Club as he signed for rounds of 64-66-65-67 en route to his fourth victory on … Read more

‘Shooting Star Saturday’ Will See Three Meteor Showers, Two Asteroids Whizz By And A 25-Ton Chinese Rocket Re-enter

Are you ready for “shooting star Saturday?” Getty Get your eyes to the night skies this weekend and you may see about 20 “shooting stars” from three streams of meteors caused by our planet surging through the leftovers of three separate comets. The key time for that is Saturday evening—just before midnight through until two … Read more