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NASA could save over $1.6 billion with its decision not to launch the agency’s Europa Clipper mission aboard the Space Launch System (SLS).

NASA Europa Clipper mission no longer required to launch aboard SLS

NASA has made the decision to only consider commercial vehicles for the launch of its Europa Clipper mission. The move away from NASA's Space...
Following a December 12 test flight being aborted, Virgin Galactic is set to return the SpaceShipTwo Unity to flight on February 13.

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Unity to return to the skies in February

Virgin Galactic is set to launch its SpaceShipTwo Unity for the first time since an aborted flight late last year. During a December 12...
Crew Dragon Endeavour will be launched atop a Falcon 9 on April 20 in support of the NASA SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station.

Second crewed NASA SpaceX Crew Dragon launch set for April 20

NASA and SpaceX are targeting no earlier than April 20 for the launch of the second operational flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The NASA...
NASA has announced that the second Boeing Starliner Orbital Flight Test will be launched on March 25.

Launch of second uncrewed Boeing Starliner test brought forward

NASA and Boeing are now targeting Thursday, March 25 for the launch of the second uncrewed Orbital Flight Test (OFT-2) of the Starliner spacecraft....
SpaceX launched the maiden flight of its dedicated rideshare program. The mission carried a record-setting 143 satellites into orbit.

SpaceX launch record-breaking 143 satellites

A flight-proven Falcon 9 launched 143 small satellites on January 24 as part of the company's first dedicated rideshare mission. SpaceX's Transporter-1 mission was...
The SpaceX successfully returned a Falcon 9 booster to the launchpad in just 38 days, fast than ever before.

SpaceX set new reusability benchmark with 8th booster reuse

The launch of the latest batch of 60 Starlink satellites on January 20 made use of the first Falcon 9 booster to be launched...
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...

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According to NASA, the Boeing Starliner Orbital Flight Test-2 is unlikely to occur in April.

Second uncrewed Boeing Starliner test delayed again

NASA has announced that the second uncrewed Boeing Starliner test flight will be delayed by more than a month. The test had previously been...
The SpaceX Starship SN10 prototype exploded shortly after successfully a completed a 10-kilometer hop test.

SpaceX SN10 Starship prototype touched down safely and then exploded

The SpaceX Starship SN10 prototype completed a high-altitude test flight on March 3 touching down meters away from where it was launched. Although it...
The Rocket Lab Neutron launch vehicle is slated to be launched on its maiden flight in 2024.

Rocket Lab announced plans to develop mega-constellation launch vehicle

Rocket Lab announced on March 1 that it is in the process of developing a new launch vehicle that is designed to deliver up...
The maiden flight of the Blue Origin New Glenn rocket has been delayed from 2021 to late 2022.

Maiden Blue Origin New Glenn flights slip to late 2022

Blue Origin announced February 25 that it expected to launch the maiden flight of its New Glenn rocket in the fourth quarter of 2022. The...
NASA has made the decision to postpone the second hot fire test of its first SLS core stage after the agency discovered an issue with a liquid oxygen valve.

SLS program suffers further delays after NASA postpone second hot fire test

NASA's Space Launch System development program has suffered yet another blow with the postponement of a second hot fire test. The delay is the...