Based on the scattered, jagged remains of SpaceShipTwo and the pending funeral for one of its pilots, it would be easy to assume that a design flaw of some sort was responsible for the deadly crash -- but appearances can be deceiving.
The commercial spaceflight company Orbital Sciences said on Wednesday (Nov. 5) that the investigation into the explosion of its Antares rocket last week is eyeing the booster's first-stage engines, which were originally built in the 1960s by the Soviet Union at the height of the space race.
A private rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station has exploded seconds after launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
SpaceX will attempt to land its next Falcon 9 rocket on a platform in the ocean, a key step in the companyâ€™s quest to develop reusable boosters. Continue reading â†’
Hurricane Gonzalo is delaying launch of NASA's next cargo ship to the orbital outpost. Continue reading â†’
Stratolaunch Systems is considering buying a smaller three-person version of Sierra Nevadaâ€™s Dream Chaser space plane to fly paying passengers into orbit. Continue reading â†’
With this week's announcement of multi-billion dollar contracts being awarded to two private spaceflight companies comes a renewed excitement for what this could mean for NASA's overarching plans for Mars. Continue reading â†’
NASA is hiring both SpaceX and Boeing to develop commercial space taxis that can fly astronauts -- and one day privately paying passengers -- to the space station and other planned outposts orbiting Earth. Continue reading â†’
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