SpaceX has postponed the scheduled Dec. 19 launch of an ISS cargo mission until early January, as a technical issue with the Falcon 9 rocket creates a domino effect of other delays.
A Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket placed four O3b Networks high-throughput Ka-band broadband satellites into O3b’s unique 8,000-kilometer-altitude orbit, giving O3b a bigger margin for error as it manages its constellation.
In a two-in-one mission, India successfully conducted the first experimental flight of its next-generation launch vehicle and demonstrated the re-entry and recovery of a prototype crew capsule.
Although SpaceX has made four cargo deliveries to the international space station under contract to NASA and is poised to make its fifth next month, the TESS contract marks only the second time NASA has tapped SpaceX to launch a science satellite.
Tests of the Galileo satellite recently moved from its initial bad orbit to an improved one have confirmed that it can be inserted into the broader Galileo constellation to deliver precision results to users.
Rocket maker SpaceX has turned over to the U.S. Air Force the last of the information needed for certification to launch national security missions.
Orbital has contracted with Russia’s Energomash to provide RD-181 engines to power the first stage of Orbital’s Antares rocket, replacing the AJ-26 engine that Orbital suspects was the origin of Antares’ Oct. 28 failure.
An International Launch Services Proton rocket on Dec. 15 successfully placed the Yamal-401 satellite into geostationary orbit following four ignition-and-coast phases of its Breeze-M upper stage.
Futuristic space hardware developed under a DARPA effort to salvage usable parts from spent satellites is scheduled to make its first flight next year on the debut mission of Spaceflight Inc.'s Sherpa payload deployer.