NASA targets February launch for Artemis 1 mission on its 1st first moon rocket since Apollo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is now targeting early next year for the maiden launch of its next megarocket: the Space Launch System. The behemoth moon rocket, the first since the Apollo program, is months behind schedule (it was initially slated to launch in November) but could now potentially fly Feb. 12 if its final … Read more

Stacking of Orion spacecraft caps assembly of first Artemis moon rocket – Spaceflight Now

The Orion spacecraft for the Artemis 1 mission is lowered on top of its Space Launch System rocket Oct. 20 inside High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building. Credit: NASA/Frank Michaux Technicians at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center worked overnight Wednesday to tighten 360 bolts connecting the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis 1 moon mission … Read more

Adapter structure with 10 CubeSats installed on top of Artemis moon rocket – Spaceflight Now

Workers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center have lifted the Orion Stage Adapter on top of the Space Launch System moon rocket, adding the structure housing 10 CubeSat rideshare payloads heading into deep space on the Artemis 1 mission. But three of the CubeSat missions missed their opportunity to fly on the first SLS mission. Teams … Read more

NASA’s SLS mega moon rocket stacked for the first time, launch slips

Note: We’ve brought you a front-row seat to Florida space news since 1966. Journalism like ours takes time and resources. Please consider a subscription. — Everything is finally coming together for the first launch of NASA’s mega moon rocket, now slated for the first half of next year. Teams at Kennedy Space Center this week put the finishing touches … Read more

Global Industry Analysts Predicts the World Rocket Propulsion Market to Reach $6.8 Billion by 2026

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — A new market study published by Global Industry Analysts Inc., (GIA) the premier market research company, today released its report titled “Rocket Propulsion – Global Market Trajectory & Analytics”. The report presents fresh perspectives on opportunities and challenges in a significantly transformed post COVID-19 marketplace. World Rocket Propulsion … Read more

Rocket Report: South Korea just misses orbit, Ariane 5 to set payload records

Enlarge / The Orion spacecraft is stacked atop NASA’s Space Launch System rocket. Welcome to Edition 4.21 of the Rocket Report! Plenty of news this week across the realm of rockets, from a near-success in South Korea (better luck next time, Nuri rocket) to the long-awaited stacking of NASA’s Space Launch System vehicle. As always, … Read more

South Korea Launches First Homegrown Space Rocket

South Korea has launched its first space rocket to be completely developed and built in the country. But the rocket failed to successfully deploy a test satellite into orbit after its launch Thursday. South Korean television showed a live broadcast of the launch. The 47-meter rocket lifted off with bright yellow fire shooting from its … Read more

Small rocket firms are outsourcing their engines in their race to orbit

It’s not easy making small rockets. Despite dozens of companies spending hundreds of millions of dollars to develop small satellite launchers in recent years, only two—Rocket Lab and Virgin Orbit—have put any birds on orbit. In recent months, we’ve seen launch attempts by strongly backed companies like Astra and Firefly go awry. Other competitors, like … Read more

Rocket Lab’s next launch will include booster recovery experiment – Spaceflight Now

A view inside Rocket Lab’s factory in New Zealand, where Electron boosters are lined up in an assembly facility. The rockets with red markings are tagged for recovery missions. Credit: Rocket Lab Rocket Lab said this week that its next mission, set for launch Nov. 10 after delays caused by a coronavirus lockdown in New … Read more

SpaceX Starship Payload: 250 Tons to Orbit As Expendable, 150 for Reusable Rocket Says Elon Musk

SpaceX’s Starship has different payload options, and it includes an option to use the Stainless Steel spacecraft as a reusable rocket or have it as an expendable one for one-time use. Elon Musk has discussed this on his Twitter page, and it says that it could carry at least 150 up to as much as … Read more