When a Russian Soyuz spacecraft launches from Kazakhstan for the International Space Station Wednesday, it will carry a humanoid robot called Skybo F-850.
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.
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched a new communications satellite into orbit today (Aug. 19) — but there appears to be a problem with the satellite.
Rocket Lab's Electron mission dubbed "Look Ma, No Hands" blasted off smoothly today from a pad in mountainous New Zealand, funny name and all.
The private spaceflight company Rocket Lab launched four new satellites into orbit for the U.S Air Force Space Command and companies in Seattle and France on Monday (Aug. 19).
The private spaceflight company Rocket Lab postponed the launch of an Electron rocket carrying four small satellites Friday (Aug. 16) due to high winds.
A Rocket Lab Electron booster will launch a quartet of satellites into orbit today (Aug. 16) and you can watch it all live online.
The Chinese company LinkSpace successfully flew a rocket prototype on its highest flight yet, then nailed the landing as the firm pursues reusable spaceflight technology.
"Mad" Mike Hughes will have to wait until this weekend to launch after having issues with the water heater for his steam-powered rocket.
This weekend, flat-Earther and amateur rocketeer "Mad" Mike Hughes will attempt to launch himself 5,000 feet into the air.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket took to the skies early this morning (Aug. 8), delivering a highly advanced communications satellite into space for the U.S. Air Force.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch a military communications satellite together with an experimental cubesat Thursday morning (Aug. 8), and you can watch the mission live online.
They may look like waffle-makers, but China's new rocket fins are cooking up something even more special: the ability to guide rockets to a safe zone after launch.
The California-based company plans to start recovering and reflying the first stage of its Electron launch vehicle in the near future.
On Aug. 6, 2019, Arianespace used an Ariane 5 rocket to launch two new communications satellites into orbit on a rideshare mission. See photos of the mission here!
Arianespace launched an Ariane 5 rocket Tuesday (Aug. 6) from Kourou, French Guiana, sending two new telecommunications satellites into orbit.
The launch of a Long March 2C from Xichang last week included a first use of grid fins by China to minimize the threat posed by the spent first stage to populated areas downrange.
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