The launch of a U.S. spy satellite atop a powerful Delta IV Heavy rocket was called off in the final seconds late last night (Sept. 30), mirroring the outcome of an attempt a month ago.
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.
American astronauts will vote from space in the upcoming presidential election after launching to the International Space Station aboard a historic SpaceX mission for NASA.
SpaceX postponed the launch of a new fleet of Starlink internet satellites today (Sept. 28) due to bad weather at the mission's Florida launch site.
SpaceX will launch 60 Starlink satellites into orbit today (Sept. 28) and you can watch it live here.
Blue Origin has delayed the planned launch of its New Shepard rocket from West Texas today (Sept. 24), citing a power glitch.
Rocket Lab just wrapped up a "wet dress rehearsal" at its U.S. launch site, a major milestone in the leadup to the first-ever liftoff from the new pad.
SpaceX called off the launch of 60 Starlink satellites Thursday (Feb. 17) due to a "recovery issue" related to its Falcon 9 rocket.
Friday night's launch failure was apparently caused by a software issue that should be relatively straightforward to fix, Astra representatives said.
Astra launched its first orbital test mission tonight (Sept. 11), sending its two-stage Rocket 3.1 skyward from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Alaska.
A Chinese Long March 4B rocket successfully launched a new Earth-watching satellite Monday (Sep. 7) but its first stage narrowly missed a school when it fell back to Earth.
China launched an experimental spacecraft into orbit on Friday (Sept. 4), with few details about what the spacecraft will do.
Rocket Lab now has a spacecraft in Earth orbit — the first of its Photon satellite line, which is designed to tote customer payloads to a variety of destinations, including the moon and Venus.
SpaceX delivered a new batch of its Starlink satellites into orbit today (Sept. 3) and nailed a rocket landing, following a few delays.
See photo's of SpaceX's Starlink missions to deploy thousands of small internet satellites into orbit.
Europe's Vega rocket launched 53 satellites tonight (Sept. 2) on its first mission since suffering a major anomaly in July of last year.
Arianespace's Vega rocket is scheduled to launch from the Guiana Space Center tonight (Sept. 2) at 9:51 p.m. EDT, carrying 53 satellites into orbit.