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Watch this helicopter catch a rocket booster as it plummets to Earth

May 4th, 2022

SpaceX isn’t the only company looking into reusable rockets, though it was the first. One of the latest companies looking into it is Rocket Lab. The company recently used one of its Electron rocket boosters to deliver satellites into orbit. After the launch, the booster dropped back down through the atmosphere, where a helicopter attempted …

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SpaceX forced to scrub Falcon 9 launch to the International Space Station

December 4th, 2019

Today was going to be another big day for SpaceX, with a launch to the International Space Station scheduled for midday. The mission includes a wealth of science experiments and supplies for the crew of the orbiting laboratory. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans. Shortly before the launch was scheduled to take place, SpaceX was …

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Japanese cargo mission to ISS scrubbed after fire

September 11th, 2019

Sending stuff to space is very, very difficult. It can be easy to forget that, especially with the seemingly constant stream of rocket launches we see these days, but for as many successful launches as there are, there are always at least a few that hit snags along the way. Such is the case for …

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The government shutdown is now forcing rocket launches to be delayed

January 4th, 2019

The U.S. government has now been in a partial shutdown for nearly two weeks, forcing many federal employees to take unplanned time off, or, in some cases, to work without the promise of a regular paycheck. Now, with the world having shaken its holiday hangover, the government’s woes are putting kinks in the plans of …