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The maiden flight of NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter has been delayed to no earlier than April 14.

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter runs into trouble on Mars delaying flight

NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter autonomously aborted a key test early prompting ground controllers to delay its maiden flight. In preparation for the maiden flight of...
The Rocket Lab Running Out of Toes will be the second Electron mission that will include an ocean splashdown recovery attempt.

Rocket Lab to make second recovery attempt with an upgraded Electron

Rocket Lab announced April 8 that it would attempt a recovery of an Electron first stage next month. The launch will be Rocket Lab’s...
In addition to submitting ideas for in-orbit serving, ESA are requesting that respondents identify a potential customer for their solution.

ESA request proposals for in-orbit servicing

The European Space Agency announced April 1 that it is inviting European industry and academia to submit ideas for in-orbit servicing missions. The first stage...
Testing of ESA’s Proba-3 vision-based sensor system at the agency’s ESTEC in the Netherlands has yielded promising results.

ESA utilize longest corridor to test next-gen satellite technology

Down along the main corridor of a European Space Agency facility in the Netherlands, researchers tested a novel targeting system that is designed to...
The second European-built Orion service module will be powered by one of two Space Shuttle Atlantis Orbital Maneuvering System engines.

Airbus give space shuttle engine a new life aboard Orion service module

One of two orbital manoeuvring engines that flew aboard NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis is being given new life as the main propulsion for a...
The European Space Agency hopes to gain insight into the next 40 years of spaceflight awarding study contracts to ArianeGroup, Avio and Rocket Factory Augsburg.

ArianeGroup, Avio and RFA selected to study the future of spaceflight

The European Space Agency announced March 11 that it had awarded contracts to three launch providers to study the future of the European space...
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...
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...
DARPA is set to host a webinar to provide industry with information regarding the agency’s new Novel Orbital and Moon Manufacturing, Materials and Mass-efficient Design (NOM4D) program.

DARPA explores off-earth manufacturing capabilities

The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is examining commercial solutions to develop off-earth manufacturing capabilities. In a February 5 press release,...
After a first Artemis 1 SLS core stage hot fire test was automatically aborted 60 seconds into an eight minute burn, NASA has selected to rerun the test.

NASA select to rerun hot fire test of Artemis I SLS core stage

NASA announced January 30 that it planned to rerun the hot fire test of the Artemis I Space Launch System (SLS) core stage after...

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The Prometheus rocket engine is designed to be capable of producing 1000 kN of thrust aboard core, booster or upper stages.

ESA sign €135 million contract for low-cost 3D printed rocket engine

The European Space Agency has signed a contract with French aerospace firm ArianeGroup to continue the development of a low-cost 3D-printed rocket engine. The €135...
The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope has once again been delayed. This time however, the problem is with the launch vehicle and not the telescope itself.

Ariane 5 fairing issues cause further delays to James Webb telescope

A Government Accountability Office report has revealed that the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope may be delayed beyond October 2021 due to...
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe has begun its journey home to bring a sample of soil and stones from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu back to Earth.

NASA’s Osiris-Rex asteroid-sampling probe sets sails for Earth

A NASA probe that has spent over two years surveying and collecting samples from an asteroid over 300 million kilometers from Earth has set...
A SpaceX Falcon 9 booster that launched 60 Starlink satellites on May 9 was the first to be flown on ten missions.

SpaceX launch and recover a Falcon 9 booster for the 10th time

A flight-proven Falcon 9 was launched from Cape Canaveral on May 9 on its tenth mission carrying 60 more Starlink satellites. The mission was launched...
A second uncrewed Boeing Starliner test flight to the International Space Station will be launched on July 30.

Second uncrewed Boeing Starliner test flight set for July 30

NASA has announced that it is targeting July 30 at 18:53 UTC for the launch of the second uncrewed test flight of Boeing’s Starliner...