Investment into space companies hit a record high in 2018, exceeding $3 billion with no sign of an imminent downturn, according to a new report by a consulting firm.
Rocket launches used to be the realm of national governments, but with the rise of private spaceflight companies more rockets are launching into space than ever before. While most rockets launch satellites into orbit, some like Russia's Soyuz, carry astronauts on missions into space. SpaceX's Dragon and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner will fly Americans into orbit, while Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin will launch space tourists on short suborbital trips. SpaceX and Blue Origin even land their rockets after launch for later reuse. See news, photos and videos of the latest rocket launches from around the world here.
Today, Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket will launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Check for it in the afternoon sky.
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy successfully launched its first operational mission today (April 10), more than a year after its demo mission catapulted a red Tesla and a dummy nicknamed Starman into space.
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket deployed four satellites into space today (April 4) after a successful launch from French Guiana.
There are two rocket launches, a spacecraft docking, a lunar orbit arrival and an asteroid crash scheduled on Thursday (April 4). Here's how to watch live.
A new Russian Progress cargo ship chased the International Space Station on a superfast mission today (April 4) after a flawless liftoff atop its Soyuz rocket
The liftoff will follow closely on the heels of a mission Rocket Lab recently flew for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
India launched 29 satellites into orbit on April 1, 2019 on the heels of a military anti-satellite missile test.
OneSpace of China failed to become the first private launch firm to place a satellite in orbit after the loss of its OS-M1 solid launch vehicle Wednesday.
The small-satellite launch company Rocket Lab called off the planned flight of an experimental satellite for the U.S. military Sunday (March 24) due to a video transmitter issue.
Rocket Lab is counting down to its first flight of 2019, an experimental satellite for the U.S. military, and you can watch it live online today (March 24).
A European Vega rocket launched the Italian Earth-observation satellite PRISMA into orbit late Thursday (March 21).
Italy's PRISMA Earth-observation satellite will take to the skies tonight (March 21), and you can watch the action live.
China launched its 300th Long March rocket mission March 10 with the communications satellite ChinaSat 6C.
Rocket Lab's first launch of the year has been pushed back to the second half of March because of the delayed arrival of its payload, an experimental military satellite.
Exos Aerospace flew its SARGE reusable sounding rocket for the second time March 2, but winds kept the rocket from achieving its planned altitude.