Earth observation data will flow more quickly using laser technology instead of radio, according to JAXA
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.
SpaceX just launched one of its Falcon 9 rockets for a record seventh time. The booster carried a stack of 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit and then nailed a landing at sea.
SpaceX's latest Starship prototype fired its engines for the fourth time on Tuesday evening (Nov. 24), keeping the vehicle on track for a landmark test flight next week.
Technology that could help humanity get a handle on the growing space-junk problem will get an orbital test early next year.
Here's a guide to all the rocket launches and astronomical events in 2020, as well as milestones for space missions, anniversaries and conferences.
SpaceX called off the launch of its next Starlink satellite fleet late Sunday (Nov. 22), delaying a potentially record-setting flight for the mission's Falcon 9 rocket.
SpaceX is gearing up for a potential launch double header this weekend. Here's how to watch them live.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, on Saturday (Nov. 21) at 12:17 p.m. EST (1717 GMT). Watch it live!
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the advanced Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ocean-mapping satellite for NASA Saturday (Nov. 21)
Rocket Lab just delivered a passel of satellites to orbit and took a big step toward booster reusability.
SpaceX plans to launch the first operational flight of its Crew Dragon astronaut taxi to the International Space Station on Nov. 14, 2020.
A heavy-lift Long March 5 rocket topped with the robotic Chang'e 5 lunar sample-return mission rolled out to its pad at Wenchang Space Launch Center in China's Hainan province on Tuesday (Nov. 17).
Rocket Lab will launch an ambitious mission on Thursday (Nov. 19), and you can watch the action live.
China conducted its 34th launch of the year on Nov. 12, sending the Tiantong-1 (02) mobile communications satellite into an orbit high above Earth.
An Arianespace Vega rocket suffered a major failure shortly after launch on Monday (Nov. 16), leading to loss of satellites for Spain and France.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule launched its first operational space taxi flight for NASA Sunday (Nov. 15).
SpaceX will launch a crew of four astronauts today (Nov. 15) on its first operational flight for NASA and you can watch the historic flight online.