Exploration

ESA award $491-million contract to Airbus for the development of the Mars Sample Return Orbiter.

ESA Award Airbus $491-Million Mars Sample Return Orbiter Contract

The European Space Agency awarded a $491 million contract to Airbus on October 14 for the development of the agency's Mars Sample Return Orbiter....
NASA has offered to pay for lunar soil and rocks.

NASA Offers Bounty to Commercial Partners for Moon Rocks

NASA has released a solicitation for commercial partners to submit proposals for the collection and return to Earth of Moon rocks. The agency intends...
JAXA and Toyota have called pressurised lunar rover the “Lunar Cruiser”.

JAXA and Toyota Name Proposed Lunar Rover the “Lunar Cruiser”

A pressurised lunar rover being developed jointly by JAXA and Toyota has been nicknamed the “Lunar Cruiser”. In an August 28 statement, the Japan...
Masten Space Systems has selected SpaceX to launch XL-1 lunar lander.

Masten Selects SpaceX to Launch Lunar Lander Carrying NASA Payloads

Masten Space Systems has selected SpaceX to launch its XL-1 lunar lander carrying nine NASA-sponsored scientific experiments and “several commercial payloads. The mission is...
Roscosmos is set to attempt a record-setting two-orbit space station rendezvous.

Russia to Attempt Record-Setting Sprint to the Space Station

Russia is planning to attempt to break the record for the fastest crewed transfer from the launchpad to the International Space Station (ISS). The...
NASA launch Ingenuity helicopter with Perseverance Mars rover aboard Atlas V.

NASA Launch Mars Rover Carrying a Historic Hitchhiker

NASA successfully launched its latest Mars rover aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Thursday. In addition to the rover, the mission...
NASA SpaceX Demo-2 astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will return to Earth on August 1.

NASA Prepares for the Return of the SpaceX Demo-2 Crew

SpaceX and NASA are tentatively aiming at a Saturday, August 1 return for the crew of the Dragon Endeavour. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug...
The European Space Agency has revealed plans to develop a lunar lander to carry cargo to the Moon.

Europe Unveils Plan to Develop Flexible Cargo Lunar Lander

The European Space Agency has revealed plans to develop a lunar lander that would be used to carry cargo to the lunar surface. The...
The launch of NASA’s James Webb Telescope has been delayed again.

James Webb Telescope Will Miss March 2021 Launch Date

NASA has confirmed that the launch of the James Webb Telescope has been delayed after work had to be halted with the outbreak of...
NASA SpaceX Demo-2 crew Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to remain aboard ISS until August.

NASA SpaceX Demo-2 Crew to Remain Aboard Space Station Until August

Senior NASA officials have revealed that the agency expects the SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 crew to remain aboard the International Space Station (ISS) until...

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The RSS First Step crew capsule was launched on its maiden mission aboard a New Shepard vehicle.

Blue Origin test new crew capsule that could carry customers from April

Blue Origin launched its NS-14 New Shepard mission on January 14 carrying a new crew capsule that could ferry customers to space as early...
The SN9 Starship prototype’s maiden flight has been delayed in order to swap out two of its three Raptor engines.

Maiden SpaceX Starship SN9 flight delayed to swap out Raptor engines

The maiden flight of the SpaceX Starship SN9 prototype has been delayed in order to swap out two of the vehicle's three Raptor engines. SpaceX...
SpaceX completed three Starship SN9 static fire test on January 13 ahead of the vehicle’s maiden flight.

SpaceX complete three Starship SN9 static fire tests in a single day

SpaceX completed three triple-Raptor Starship static fire tests on January 13 demonstrating maturing hardware and operational procedures. In one of the busiest days at the...
Intuitive Machines has selected the SpaceX Falcon 9 to carry its second NASA-sponsored mission to the Moon.

Intuitive Machines awards contract for second Moon mission to SpaceX

Intuitive Machines announced on January 13 that it had selected the SpaceX Falcon 9 to carry its second mission to the Moon. NASA selected the...
UK Space Agency signed a contract with Roll-Royce to develop nuclear power and propulsion technology for space applications.

UK Space Agency partners with Rolls-Royce to study nuclear propulsion systems

The UK Space Agency has signed a contract with Rolls-Royce to study how nuclear power could be used to revolutionise spaceflight. According to Rolls-Royce,...