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Here’s the first look inside Orbex’s Scotland rocket factory

Here’s the first look inside Orbex’s Scotland rocket factory European private launch startup Orbex is getting ready to start actually launching payloads aboard its own rockets, and it’s pulling back the curtains to give a look at the factory it’s using to build its launch vehicles. The UK-based company is building its […]

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Rocket Lab aims to deliver small satellites to the Moon and beyond

Rocket Lab aims to deliver small satellites to the Moon and beyond Rocket Lab kicked off the International Astronautical Congress with the news that it’ll begin offering small satellite delivery service to orbits beyond low Earth orbit, where it currently operates – including delivering payloads all the way to the Moon. The […]

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Japan’s ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023

Japan’s ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023 One of the private companies aiming to deliver a commercial lunar lander to the Moon has adjusted the timing for its planned mission, which isn’t all that surprising given the enormity of the task. Japanese […]

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Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket will go reusable, with the company aiming for mid-air helicopter recovery

Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket will go reusable, with the company aiming for mid-air helicopter recovery Private rocket launch startup and SpaceX competitor Rocket Lab made a big announcement today: It’ll be looking to re-use the first stage of its Electron rockets, returning them to Earth with a controlled landing after they make […]

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Virgin Orbit performs a successful drop test of its LauncherOne rocket launch system

Virgin Orbit performs a successful drop test of its LauncherOne rocket launch system Richard Branson-backed space startup Virgin Orbit has completed a key step along its path to launching satellites for commercial customers. The company held a successful “drop test” of its LauncherOne rocket, in which the crucial piece of its launch […]

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SpaceRyde wants to make access to space more available and more affordable

SpaceRyde wants to make access to space more available and more affordable Life can be tough for a small satellite operator – it may be relatively cheap and easy to build small sats (or CubeSats, as they’re sometimes called), but arranging transportation for those satellites to get to orbit is still a […]

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Watch SpaceX launch Canadian observation satellites aboard a re-used Falcon 9

Watch SpaceX launch Canadian observation satellites aboard a re-used Falcon 9 SpaceX has a launch scheduled today from California’s Vandenberg Air Force base, currently targeting a launch window of 14 minutes that opens at 7:17 AM PT (10:17 AM ET). The RADARSAT Constellation mission will carry a constellation of three satellites to […]

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Relativity Space wants to launch rockets for 90% less with 3D printing

Relativity Space wants to launch rockets for 90% less with 3D printing  A new startup called Relativity Space founded by two aerospace engineers wants to use massive 3D printers to produce rockets without humans required on the factory floor, with the ultimate aim of driving the price of rocket launches down from […]

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