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Watch SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy center booster narrowly miss its mark

June 25th, 2019

SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket early this morning, and it was just the third time it’s ever done so. The massive rocket — a pair of side boosters strapped to its central core booster — successfully sailed skyward and delivered a huge payload of 24 satellites into Earth orbit. Everything went according to plan… …

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SpaceX is just days away from its third Falcon Heavy launch

June 21st, 2019

SpaceX’s largest functional launch vehicle, the Falcon Heavy, has already taken to the skies twice over the past couple of years, and both launches were nearly perfect, save for some snafus during retrieval of its boosters. If you missed the chance to watch those events live, you’ll get yet another opportunity this coming Monday. The …

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Russia’s Soyuz rocket got nailed by lightning shortly after launch

May 31st, 2019

When planning for a rocket launch there are many things that have to be taken into account, and one of the biggest factors is always the weather. Launches are delayed frequently due to uncooperative weather conditions such as brisk high-level winds and storms, but sometimes Mother Nature can throw a serious curve ball right in …

SpaceX is inching closer to launching its Starhopper for the first time

March 29th, 2019

After making big waves earlier this month with the successful launch, docking, and return flight of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, SpaceX has been relatively quiet for the rest of March. At least publicly, that is, because behind-the-scenes glimpses of the work being done to the first launch-capable prototype of the SpaceX Starship, nicknamed Starhopper, suggest …

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Crew of last year’s failed Soyuz rocket will try again tomorrow

March 13th, 2019

It seems like only yesterday the world watched as a Russian Soyuz rocket experienced a last-second launch abort that sent NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin careening back down to Earth. Both men survived the ordeal with little more than rattled nerves and now, five months later, they’re ready to try again. The …

Watch Russia launch an ISS cargo ship live today

November 16th, 2018

It’s been a strange few months for Russia’s space program. First, a strange hole showed up in a Soyuz spacecraft attached to the International Space Station and then a last-second abort due to rocket failure prevented a pair of new ISS crew members from reaching their destination. Russia is pretty sure it has everything sorted …