Virgin Orbit's Cosmic Girl carrier plane has arrived in Cornwall in preparation for the first-ever orbital launch from the United Kingdom.
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.
Orbex announced a fundraising round Tuesday (Oct. 18) to boost its first space rocket off the pad, as it faces a crowded industry in the U.K. vying for the first vertical rocket launch.
Russia launched a small military satellite on Saturday (Oct. 15), pulling off its third orbital mission in less than a week.
SpaceX launched a communications satellite and landed a rocket on a ship at sea early Saturday (Oct. 15), just hours after bringing four astronauts home from the International Space Station.
A Long March 2D rocket launched three of China's Yaogan 36 reconnaissance satellites to orbit on Friday (Oct. 14).
China launched an environmental satellite into space Wednesday (Oct. 13) amid a surge of rocket activity.
A suborbital rocket from Skyrora failed to reach space on Saturday (Oct. 8), but the company said the test launch was a milestone effort nonetheless.
One of SpaceX's recent Falcon 9 missions delivered a treat for skywatchers when the launch created a jaw-dropping "jellyfish" in the sky.
Firefly Aerospace claims the recent launch of its Alpha rocket was a success, despite its three satellite payloads reentering the atmosphere just days later.
A Russian Proton rocket launched the Angosat-2 satellite to orbit for the government of Angola on Oct. 12, 2022.
The fifth satellite in Russia's GLONASS-K series launched atop a Soyuz rocket late Sunday night (Oct. 9).
The first SpaceX Falcon Heavy flight in more than three years is set to take place at the end of October, carrying a national security mission for the U.S. Space Force.
A Japanese Epsilon rocket failed tonight (Oct. 11) during its sixth-ever mission, a launch that aimed to loft a technology-demonstrating satellite.
A Japanese Epsilon rocket is scheduled to launch a variety of technology-demonstrating payloads to orbit tonight (Oct. 11), and you can watch the action live.
Firefly successfully sent its Alpha rocket into orbit on Oct. 1, and NASA and the U.S. Space Force have already signed on for future missions.
A rocket failure for Astra failed to deliver two TROPICS cubesats to orbit in June, and NASA says 2023 launches are required for "urgent" hurricane-tracking needs.
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket on its record-tying 14th mission Saturday (Oct.8), sending two commercial communications satellites to orbit.
China sent a pair of satellites for enhancing Beidou navigation signals into orbit on Friday (Oct. 7) with a rocket launch hosted by a mobile sea platform.
The Rocket Lab mission, nicknamed "It Argos Up From Here" lifted off Friday (Oct. 7) at 1:09 p.m. EDT.