Watch Boeing’s Starliner dock with the International Space Station

Boeing Starliner on orbit render

At last, Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft is poised to dock with the International Space Station. It’s been a long journey, with many setbacks, but the teams seem ready for Boeing’s capsule to join the orbiting laboratory for the first time.

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OFT-2 launch pictures: See Boeing’s Starliner launch to the ISS

Yesterday, ULA launched an Atlas V rocket from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The rocket carried Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule towards the International Space Station for an uncrewed test flight. Check out the Space Explored team’s picture gallery of OFT-2:

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Boeing Starliner successfully completes insertion burn; here are the next event times to know

Boeing and its launch partner ULA successfully sent the uncrewed Starliner space to Earth orbit today. The mission, called OFT-2 (orbital flight test two), has already surpassed the status of Starliner during OFT-1 in 2019. Next up are several key events, including docking to the International Space Station and the return flight back to Earth. Here’s what you need to know:

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Launch Spotlight: Starliner OFT-2 – CST-100 Starliner’s second test flight to the ISS

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V N22 rocket will launch the Boeing CST-100 Starliner capsule to the International Space Station for its second test flight. The target liftoff time is 6:54 PM EDT on May 19, 2022, from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

Launch Spotlight: Starlink Group 4-18 – SpaceX set to launch new batch of Starlink satellites

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 from LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 18, 2022, at 6:59 a.m. EDT. This launch will carry a new batch of 53 Starlink satellites to a 53.2° inclination orbit.

Launch Spotlight: Starlink Group 4-15 – SpaceX launches new batch of starlink satellites

SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on May 14, 2022, at 4:40 p.m. EDT. This launch will carry a new batch of 53 Starlink satellites to a 53.2° inclination orbit.

Astra unveils Rocket 4: Its next, larger rocket launching NET Q4 2022

At Astra’s Spacetech Day 2022, it unveiled a first look at Rocket 4, the company’s new, larger rocket which is set to have its first test launch later this year.

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Launch Spotlight: Starlink Group 4-13 – SpaceX set to launch new batch of starlink satellites

SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on May 13, 2022, at 6:07 p.m. EDT. This launch carried a new batch of 53 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit.

Orbex unveils full-scale biofuel-powered rocket, set to launch from carbon-neutral launch site

On Wednesday, May 11, Orbex Space unveiled its first full-scale micro-satellite launching rocket prototype on the launch pad at its Scotland launch site.

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Watch Rocket Lab catch (and then drop) an Electron rocket first stage [Video]

Rocket Lab attempted an air recovery of the first stage of its Electron rocket during the recent “There and Back Again” mission. The company just released new video of the mission, including video from the rocket during the catch.

Two NYC public school teachers will fly to space with Blue Origin

Robin Hood holds an annual benefit to fight against poverty in New York City, and as a result of that auction, two New York City public school teachers will be getting a ride to space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket.

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Blue Origin gains a repeat passenger, ‘Crypto Space Agency’ buys a seat to space on company’s 5th crewed spaceflight

While Richard Branson may have won the ‘billionaire space race‘ in one way, the fact that Virgin Galactic hasn’t flown since makes it clear that the real winners here are Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Looking toward Blue Origin’s fifth crewed spaceflight, the company will have a repeat passenger, as Evan Dick is set to take the joyride to space and back once again after his first flight late last year.

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Crew-3 safely returns to Earth shortly before another Starlink launch

In the early morning on May 6, the Crew-3 astronauts splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico after a six month stay aboard the International Space Station. Then, just a few hours later, SpaceX launched yet another batch of Starlink satellites.

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Launch Spotlight: Starlink Group 4-17 – SpaceX launches new batch of Starlink satellites

SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 from LC-39A at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on May 6, 2022, at 5:21 a.m. EDT. This launch carried a new batch of 53 Starlink satellites to a 53.2° inclination orbit.

Starlink Portability feature lets customers travel continent-wide for an additional monthly fee

Up until this point, Starlink has been meant to serve primarily as a home-internet connection for a fixed address. Now, SpaceX has launched an add-on portability feature to let customers use Starlink away from their home address for an additional monthly fee.

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Can I use Starlink away from my home address? & more commonly asked questions about Starlink Portability

SpaceX recently launched a new add-on service for Starlink that allows customers to use the service from anywhere in the same continent as their home address.

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Kennedy Space Center brings back LC-39A gantry viewing for the first time since the pandemic began – available for Boeing’s OFT-2

You might be familiar with the LC-39A Observation Gantry if you’re an avid launch viewer. For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began back in 2020, the visitor complex is offering tickets to view a rocket launch from there.

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Rocket Lab drops first caught Electron booster, but it’s not a failure

Earlier today, Rocket Lab launched its ‘There and Back Again’ mission. This was the first Electron launch to feature an air-based recovery, using a helicopter to catch the first stage that was descending under parachute. While the catch seemed good, and Rocket Lab confirmed success, groans heard from mission control made it clear that all was not quite as expected.

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Rocket Lab successfully catches falling rocket with helicopter during ‘There and Back Again’ mission [Update: Not quite]

Reusability is a growing trend in spaceflight – from reusable capsules, space planes, and rocket boosters. Rocket Lab is going all-in on reusability with its Neutron rocket, as is SpaceX with its Starship, but before then, Rocket Lab has adapted and improved its Electron rocket for recovery and reuse.

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Launch Spotlight: There And Back Again – Rocket Lab attempts first air recovery of Electron

Rocket Lab launched an Electron rocket from LC-1A at its private launch site in New Zealand on May 2, 2022, at 6:49 p.m. EDT. This launch will carry 34 payloads to a Sun-Synchronous Orbit. The window extends until 8:40 p.m. EDT.

Launch Spotlight: Starlink Group 4-16 − SpaceX launches new batch of Starlink satellites

SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on April 29, 2022, at 5:27 p.m. EDT. This launch carried a new batch of 53 Starlink satellites to a 53.2° inclination orbit.

How many people are in space right now?

The International Space Station is designed to always be crewed by cosmonauts and astronauts. For this reason, women and men have been living and working in space constantly since the first Expedition mission in the year 2000. So how many people are in space right now?

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Launch Spotlight: Crew-4 – SpaceX launches four astronauts to the ISS on new Dragon

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 from LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 27, 2022, at 3:52 a.m. EDT. This launch will carry four astronauts, three NASA, and one ESA to the International Space Station for Expedition 68.

Private astronauts return to Earth, making room for Crew-4 on the International Space Station

The Axiom-I private astronaut mission that launched on April 8 was only supposed to be a ten day journey. After weather delayed their return, the Axiom crew is back on Earth, making way for NASA and ESA astronauts to take their place.

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As SLS returns to the VAB, take an up-close look at the rocket on the pad [Gallery]

The SLS rocket that will launch Artemis I later this year is on its way back to the Vehicle Assembly Building.

Leaked image shows damage inside SpaceX’s Starship Booster 7 prototype

Booster 7 is SpaceX‘s most recent Super Heavy booster to undergo testing, and a newly leaked photograph shows pretty serious damage inside the booster.

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Launch Spotlight: Starlink Group 4-14 – SpaceX launches a new batch of Starlink satellites

SpaceX laucnhed a Falcon 9 from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on April 21, 2022, at 1:51 p.m. EDT. This launch will carry a new batch of 53 Starlink satellites to a 53.2° inclination orbit.

Former Lockheed Martin VP, Skunk Works lead joins Sierra Space as new COO

Jeff Babione, a former VP at Lockheed Martin, has joined Sierra Space as the company’s new COO.

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Rocket Lab to launch first Electron rocket from Virginia NET December 2022

Rocket Lab announced a new agreement to launch fifteen satellites for HawkEye 360, a Virginia-based geospatial analytics company. The first of these mission, which will be a rideshare mission, is expected to launch no earlier than December 2022, and will be the company’s first launch from the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia.

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Watch Axiom-1 undock and splashdown after its stay on the International Space Station

The ten-day stay on the space station is up for the Axiom-1 crew, and now they must return home, although they did get a short extension to their visit. Learn below how to watch the coverage of Axiom-1’s undocking and splashdown.

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NASA rolling back its Moon rocket due to faulty equipment after three scrubbed wet dress rehearsals

After a month of sitting out on LC-39B, NASA’s first Space Launch System Moon rocket will be rolled back to the Vehicle Assembly Building after failing to finish its Wet Dress Rehearsal three times. NASA will fix the faulty equipment and roll the rocket back out for another attempt.

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Crew-4 Astronauts arrive at KSC ahead of launch to ISS later this week

In the early afternoon on Monday, April 18, the Crew-4 Astronauts, three NASA astronauts and an ESA astronaut, arrived at Kennedy Space Center ahead of their launch to the International Space Station scheduled for Saturday morning.

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Booster 8 stacking, Booster 7 tests, Ship 21 scrapped and more Starship updates

Starship development across Starbase and Florida has continued at a pace over the past week with progress on present and future vehicles and the scrapping of past vehicles, as Ship 21 met its fate.

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Launch Spotlight: NROL-85 – SpaceX launches a new spy satellite to orbit from California

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on April 17, 2022, at 9:13 a.m. EDT. This launch will carry a spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office.

Boeing announces May 19 for second attempt of its Starliner OFT-2 mission

With the huge success of SpaceX’s six crewed launches since 2020, the casual spaceflight observer might have forgotten about Boeing‘s entry into the Commercial Crew Program. They have been quiet for a while, but Boeing has finally announced the launch date for the second try of the Starliner OFT-2 mission.

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First look at Space Perspective’s ‘Space Lounge’ which will take passengers to the edge of space

Space Perspective takes a different approach to space tourism, carrying its customers high into the sky with a giant balloon instead of launching them. Take a look inside the capsule you’ll be spending the several-hour-long trip in.

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NASA resumes Artemis-I wet dress rehearsal after valve issues and delays

The first launch of SLS, on Artemis I, has been a long time coming. With the SLS that will launch for Artemis I at the pad for its wet dress rehearsal, teams have resumed the test that was cut short last week due to valve issues.

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NASA science chief states he ‘prefers’ flight proven Falcon 9 boosters over brand new ones

If you would go back to 2014 and say NASA would be pro-flying reflown boosters in the future, I think many people would find you crazy. However, after the booster that flew Axiom-1 to space landed for its fifth time, NASA’s Thomas Zurbuchen tweeted his preference for these reused boosters.

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Rocket Lab & NASA break ground on facility for Neutron, Rocket Lab’s reusable ‘mega constellation launcher’

In a ceremony on Monday, Rocket Lab broke ground on a new facility for the company’s upcoming Neutron rocket. Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck was joined by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, the director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Dennis Andrucyk, the director of Wallops Flight Facility Dave Pierce, and others for the groundbreaking ceremony.

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Booster 7 testing, Ship 24 progress, work in Florida continues, and more Starship updates

Booster 7 underwent a cryogenic proof test earlier in the week, Ship 24 sections were moved around the production site, and work on the launch tower sections in Florida continues.

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How to track Axiom-1 on its way to the International Space Station

Now that the crew of Axiom-1 is off the ground and on their way towards the International Space Station, you might be wondering where they might be right now. Well SpaceX has a handy tool for you to track Axiom-1’s progress. We also have details on when SpaceX and Axiom will return to live coverage.

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SpaceX launches private astronauts to the Space Station on Axiom-1 mission

Axiom’s customer missions go beyond what suborbital tourist missions like New Shepard can offer. Riding in a SpaceX Dragon capsule, the Ax-1 crew is now on its way to the International Space Station after an on-time liftoff at 11:17 a.m. ET on Friday, April 8.

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Launch Spotlight: Axiom-1 – Axiom’s First all-commercial astronaut mission to the ISS

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 from LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 8, 2022, at 11:17 a.m. EDT. This launch carried the first astronauts trained by Axiom Space to the International Space Station.

How to watch Axiom-1, the first entirely private mission to the International Space Station

SpaceX and NASA are preparing to launch Axiom Space’s first mission to the International Space Station tomorrow, for a 10-day stay in space. Here’s how to watch Axiom-1 launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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‘Return to Space’ provides a raw look behind the scenes at SpaceX and NASA leading up to DM-2 launch

Netflix’s” Return To Space” documentary, available April 7, is a two-hour documentary detailing the journey of Elon Musk’s SpaceX and NASA to put Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in orbit via a commercial rocket and spacecraft. We had a chance to speak with the directors of the film and Hurley about the trip.

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Apollo-era Saturn rocket destroyed under NASA’s watch

Human spaceflight has a relatively short history over the past ~60 years, but the Saturn rocket has a major position towards the start of it. Now, a major piece of that history has been destroyed because nobody wanted to pay the $250,000 to move the booster and NASA didn’t bother to keep it preserved.

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Rocket Lab will attempt to catch its first rocket booster later this month, here’s how

Announced on April 2, Rocket Lab‘s next launch of its Electron rocket will feature the first stage mid-air recovery of the rocket’s first stage. Here is how Rocket Lab will attempt to catch and reuse its smallsat rockets.

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Russia states it will end cooperation on the ISS ‘in the near future’ unless sanctions are lifted

In statements made on Twitter and Telegram, Roscosmos Director-General Dimitry Rogozin responds to NASA, CSA, and ESA not promising they will lift sanctions on Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine. The statement makes an ultimatum, lift the sanctions, or Russia will pull its cooperation in the near future.

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