Rocket Lab Cuts Quarterly Guidance After Electron Failure

By Michael Bruno Sep 27, 2023
Rocket Lab warned investors on Sept. 26 that it had to lower its financial expectations for the current third quarter ending Sept. 30.
Commercial Space

SpaceX To Launch Telesat’s Lightspeed LEO Constellation

By Irene Klotz Sep 11, 2023
Telesat signed a 14-flight contract with SpaceX to deploy its Lightspeed broadband satellite constellation, the companies said Sept. 11.
Commercial Space

Work On 57 FAA Rules For Reflight Of Starship Complete, Musk Says

By Irene Klotz Sep 11, 2023
SpaceX says it has completed 57 corrective actions required by the FAA prior to a second flight test of the Starship Super Heavy launch system.
Commercial Space

Amid Capacity Gap, Europe Advances Ariane 6 Launcher Project

By Thierry Dubois Sep 08, 2023
Europe’s Ariane 6 rocket passes key tests, looks toward first launch in 2024.

Space Debris Collision Highlights Danger Of Tiny Objects

By Garrett Reim Sep 06, 2023
Companies work to track millions of pieces of space junk and plan for their incineration.
Commercial Space

SDA Launches Second Batch Of Tranche 0 Transport, Tracking Sats

By Garrett Reim Sep 04, 2023
The Space Development Agency said the launch manifest included Transport satcoms from Lockheed Martin Space and York Space Systems, and a SpaceX Tracking sat.

Space Station Crew-6 Fliers Splash Down Safely

By Mark Carreau Sep 04, 2023
The crew splashed down in darkness at 12:17 a.m. EDT and were joined 30 min. later by a SpaceX recovery vessel with NASA staffers and medical personnel.

NASA Crew-6 Fliers Depart Space Station

By Mark Carreau Sep 03, 2023
NASA’s Crew-6 mission astronauts and cosmonaut are set to splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean waters off the coast of Jacksonville, Fla., ending a 186-day mission.

Weather Delays Return Of Space Station Crew

By Mark Carreau Sep 01, 2023
The timeline for the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft to return from the International Space Station has been revised.

First Take, Sept. 4, 2023

By Graham Warwick Sep 01, 2023
Our roundup of the main aerospace and defense stories making the news this week.
Aviation Week & Space Technology

U.S. Space Force Phase 3 Launch Plan Pivot Flummoxes Incumbents

By Irene Klotz Aug 31, 2023
With three expected bidders and three planned awards, everyone wins at whatever the price.
Budget, Policy & Operations

NASA Preparing LEO Laser Communications Demo

By Mark Carreau Aug 30, 2023
The launch will take place aboard the next SpaceX commercial resupply mission.

NASA's Multinational Crew-7 Docks To Space Station

By Mark Carreau Aug 27, 2023
The SpaceX Dragon Endurance docked to the space-facing port of the ISS U.S. segment's Harmony module at 9:16 a.m. EDT.

NASA's Multinational Crew Launches to the Space Station

By Mark Carreau Aug 26, 2023
Endurance lifted off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Aug. 26 at 3:27 a.m., EDT.

Russian Cargo Mission Docks to Space Station, Crew-7 Launch Delayed

By Mark Carreau Aug 25, 2023
Designated Progress 85 by NASA, the Russian space freighter MS-24 linked to the aft port of the ISS Russian segment's Zvezda service module at 11:45 p.m. EDT.

SpaceX Faces Federal Lawsuit Over Hiring Practice

By Irene Klotz Aug 25, 2023
The U.S. Justice Department claims SpaceX routinely denied jobs to non-U.S. citizens legally entitled to work in the country.
Commercial Space

Space Station Colleagues Praise NASA’s Rubio For Extended Mission

By Mark Carreau Aug 23, 2023
With their six-month, four-person SpaceX Crew-6 mission to the ISS drawing to a close, two of the U.S. flyers praised their NASA crewmate Frank Rubio.

Russian Resupply Mission Launches To International Space Station

By Mark Carreau Aug 23, 2023
Russia’s Progress MS-24 resupply mission was on course to reach the seven-person International Space Station late Aug. 24.

Space Station Crew-7 Launch And Exchange Move Ahead

By Mark Carreau Aug 22, 2023
Preparations continue for the planned Aug. 25 launch of NASA’s Crew-7’s three astronauts and a cosmonaut to the International Space Station.

Russia Clears Space Station Docking Port For Progress Cargo Delivery

By Mark Carreau Aug 21, 2023
Russia’s Progress MS-22 resupply mission capsule has departed the International Space Station filled with trash.

SDA Studies Commercial LEO Satellite Backhaul

By Garrett Reim Aug 18, 2023
The study contracts were awarded via the SDA’s System, Technologies, and Emerging Capabilities broad agency announcement.
Commercial Space

Startup Eyes Producing One Space Domain Awareness Sat Per Week

By Garrett Reim Aug 17, 2023
True Anomaly says it is aiming to produce one example of its Jackal space domain awareness satellites every five days.
Commercial Space

AST SpaceMobile Raises Debt To ‘Fully Fund’ First Five Cellular Sats

By Garrett Reim Aug 15, 2023
AST SpaceMobile has raised $115 million in debt, enough to fully fund the manufacturing of its first five cellular signal broadcasting BlueBird satellites.
Commercial Space

First Take, Aug. 14, 2023

By Graham Warwick Aug 11, 2023
Our roundup of the main aerospace and defense stories making the news this week.

What Could Slow NASA’s Return To The Moon?

By Mark Carreau Aug 09, 2023
SpaceX and NASA are meeting to discuss options for Artemis III’s return to the lunar surface.