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Britain’s Sending a Toy to the Moon

The first entirely UK-developed piece of hardware is scheduled to land on the moon in 2021, with Spacebit's rover set to hitch a ride aboard commercial exploration firm Astrobotic's Peregrine lander and walk about on the lunar surface for a bit. Read More >>

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Elon Musk Unveils His Gigantic Starship Prototype, Says It’ll Be Flying Within Months

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the towering Mk1 prototype of his Starship space vehicle on Saturday evening in Boca Chica Village, Texas, announcing that the craft will be ready to fly within the next few months. Read More >>

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Russian Nuclear Agency Rosatom Confirms Radiation Leak Following Rocket Engine Test

Russian nuclear agency Rosatom admitted late on Friday that a suspicious cloud of radiation that spread over the Arkhangelsk region was caused by an explosion at one of its facilities, the Guardian reported, involving experiments involving an “isotope power source for a liquid-fuelled rocket engine”. Read More >>

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Russian Rocket Gets Hit by Lightning, Continues Hurtling Toward Space Like Nothing Happened

A Russian Soyuz-2-1b rocket was struck by lightning yesterday, just seconds after liftoff. Remarkably, the uncrewed rocket continued on its mission as if nothing had happened. Read More >>

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NASA Says Fraudulent Supplier Caused It to Lose Two Climate Satellites, Wasting Over £534 Million

NASA has found its loss of two 92-foot Taurus rockets—as well as the climate-monitoring satellites they were carrying—in 2009 and 2011 was due to a supplier that falsified test data about frangible joints that were supposed to split and release the rockets’ fairings, according to Quartz. Read More >>

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Watch SpaceX Try to Stick the Landing of Three Booster Rockets During Today’s Falcon Heavy Launch

SpaceX is set to launch its Falcon Heavy later today, in what will be the first commercial flight for the world’s most powerful rocket. As part of the mission, the Elon Musk-led company will attempt to make history by landing all three boosters. You can watch it all live right here. Read More >>

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SpaceX Successfully Test-Fires Its ‘Starhopper’ Prototype Spacecraft

Spaceflight company SpaceX test-fired the engines of its prototype Starship vehicle on Wednesday at its test facility in Boca Chica, in the US state of Texas, the Verge reported, in a “static fire” configuration that saw the spacecraft tethered to the ground. Read More >>

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Scottish “Spaceport” Seems to be Actually Happening

We assumed the idea of a spaceport in rural Scotland was an April Fool's joke with a really, really long gestation period, but apparently not. Architects have been engaged and told to draw up plans for a real, working, genuine spaceport. For Scotland. Read More >>

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Critical Test Flight of SpaceX Crew Capsule Scheduled for Saturday

SpaceX is set to send an uncrewed Dragon capsule to the International Space Station this weekend in one of the most anticipated launches of 2019. A successful test would pave the way for a crewed mission later in the year—and the subsequent return of America’s ability to launch astronauts into space on its own terms. Read More >>

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Blue Origin Breaks Ground on Rocket Engine Factory in Huntsville, Alabama

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ rocket company Blue Origin has officially started construction on a Huntsville, Alabama facility that will produce engines for its New Glenn two-stage, partially reusable launch system, as well as the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan Centaur, Engadget reported. Read More >>

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Strong Winds Hit Elon Musk’s Starship Prototype and Down It Goes

Elon Musk’s prototype of the Starship spacecraft—the payload of a system formerly known as the Big “Falcon” Rocket, and the vessel that may one day shuttle SpaceX colonists to their likely deaths on Mars—fell over in strong winds at its facility in the US state of Texas on Tuesday. Read More >>

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SpaceX Broke Four Records During Yesterday’s Falcon 9 Rocket Launch

Yesterday's successful launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has resulted in four new records for SpaceX – a sure sign that the Elon Musk-led company, and the commercial space industry in general, is rapidly maturing. Read More >>

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ISS Footage of Soyuz Rocket Launch Puts Hollywood Directors to Shame

In a video that looks like something a special effects shop would produce, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has captured one of the most remarkable views of a rocket launch we’ve ever seen. Read More >>

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Virgin Orbit Plane Completes Test Flight With Attached Rocket

A Virgin Orbit plane took off with a rocket under its wing on Sunday, marking a successful test flight for the company that hopes to provide satellite-launching services. Read More >>

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Rocket Lab Completes First Commercial Launch of Its Electron Rocket

United States-based aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab completed its first successful commercial launch on Saturday, sending seven spacecraft including “six tiny satellites and a drag sail demonstrator” into orbit aboard a relatively small Electron rocket designed primarily for smallsats and cubesats, Spaceflight Now reported. Read More >>