China launched the Yunhai-1 03 Earth-observing satellite from the Gobi Desert on Tuesday (Sept. 20). The spacecraft's predecessor was hit by a piece of space junk.
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 NASA astronaut and two cosmonauts will launch to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft today (Sept. 21). Watch live starting at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT).
The failure of a Blue Origin rocket during an uncrewed launch this month has members of Congress urging for more transparency of an FAA investigation into the accident.
SpaceX launched 54 Starlink satellites to orbit Sunday night (Sept. 18) after five straight scrubs due to bad weather.
ABL completed a key fueling test with its RS1 rocket on the pad at Pacific Spaceport Complex on Alaska's Kodiak Island this week and is working to finalize the window for its debut launch.
Rocket Lab launched its 30th Electron mission Thursday (Sept. 15), successfully delivering a commercial radar satellite to Earth orbit.
The Sept. 28 SpaceX launch on behalf of the Space Development Agency slipped due to supply chain problems, with bid issues and software development also contributing.
A Long March 7A rocket carrying the Zhongxing-1E satellite lifted off Tuesday morning (Sept. 13) from the Wenchang Space Launch Site, on the island of Hainan.
Blue Origin is working to understand what caused Monday's accident, and the FAA is overseeing the investigation.
In-flight failures are always startling, given the dramatic visuals that accompany them. But the possibility of failure should always be in the back of our minds.
Blue Origin suffered an anomaly during an uncrewed space mission Monday (Sept. 12) but recovered its New Shepard capsule successfully.
NASA engineers replaced leaky seals on two fuel lines for its Artemis 1 moon rocket, setting the stage for a critical fueling test.
Firefly plans to launch its Alpha rocket on a test mission from California's Vandenberg Space Force Base on Sept. 30.
SpaceX launched a novel communications satellite into orbit late Saturday and set a new launch record for its Falcon 9 rocket.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will fly for the 14th time on Saturday night (Sept. 10), launching 34 of the company's Starlink satellites and a smartphone connectivity test craft to orbit. Watch it live.
A powerful European rocket launched a communications satellite of record-setting size from South America on Wednesday (Sept. 7).
The U.S. Air Force conducted an early-morning suborbital test of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, on Wednesday (Sept. 7).