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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo fails during test flight


One pilot has died and another seriously injured during a test flight failure of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo on Friday. The much-delayed suborbital space tourism vehicle suffered an engine…

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EFT-1 Orion completes assembly and conducts FRR


The stars are aligning for the December 4 debut mission of NASA’s Orion spacecraft, following the completion of the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) – albeit with three “actions”…

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ULA Atlas V successfully launches with GPS IIF-8 satellite


In what is proving to be a dramatic week for space flight, United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket made its fiftieth flight on Wednesday, tasked with orbiting the…

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Russian Progress M-25M docks with the ISS


A Russian Soyuz 2-1A rocket lofted the latest Progress resupply vehicle (M-25M) for a fast rendezvous trip to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch of the Progress…

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Orbital’s Antares fails seconds after launch


Orbital’s Antares launch vehicle – tasked with lofting the CRS-3 Cygnus to the International Space Station (ISS) – dramatically failed after around ten seconds of flight, exploding and…

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Antares 130 debut with fourth Cygnus ready for second attempt


Orbital Sciences Corporation – with their new version of their Antares rocket – will make a second attempt to loft the fourth Cygnus mission to the International Space…

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Chinese Long March 2C launches final Shijian-11 satellite


The Chinese have launched what appears to be the final satellite of the Shijian-11 series. Shijian 11-08 was launched at 06:59UTC on October 27, 2014, using a Long…

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CRS-4: SpaceX Dragon returns back to Earth


SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has concluded her successful mission to the International Space Station (ISS) with a return to Earth on Saturday. The EOM (End Of Mission) events began…

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SNC reveals the DC4Science Dream Chaser variant


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is continuing to realign its Dream Chaser spacecraft’s aspirations, after losing out on future Commercial Crew Program funding from NASA. The company announced the Dream…

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China launches lunar sample return test mission


The Chinese have launched the third phase of its lunar exploration program on Thursday. Launch of the Chang’e-5-T1 mission took place at 1800UTC, utilizing a Long March-3C/G2 launch…

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