Rocket Report: Japanese spaceplane, GEO downturn, Block 5 results good

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX) Welcome to Edition 1.17 of the Rocket Report! This week, we discuss a lot of new launch contracts, a Japanese plan to build a suborbital spaceplane, and Chinese plans to develop a potentially recoverable payload fairing. Also, check the launch schedule. Three launches in three days! As always, we welcome reader […]

Rocket Report: Exos flies, China sets launch record, new Falcon Heavy data

Enlarge (credit: Rocket Lab/Aurich Lawson) Welcome to Edition 1.15 of the Rocket Report! This week, we have news about both Virgin rocket companies, an astounding number of Chinese launches, and the military waiting for SpaceX. There is also the scoop that the Trump White House is relying on an upgraded SLS rocket to meet its […]

Live tonight: SpaceX set to re-fly a Block 5 rocket for the first time

Enlarge / A Block 5 variant of the Falcon 9 rocket launches in July. (credit: Trevor Mahlmann) On May 11, SpaceX launched the new, optimized-for-reuse Block 5 variant of its Falcon 9 rocket for the first time. Just before the flight, Ars asked company founder Elon Musk how long it would be before we saw […]

Avengers 4: Is THIS why only Nebula and Rocket survived Infinity War? EXPLAINED

The end of Infinity War left fans devastated. It also left a huge number of questions, mainy concerning how the surviving heroes cuold possibly bring back all those who died in the Snap.  But what about those who did survive? Why did they precisely make it out alive when so many others did not.  Fans […]

Now witness the firepower of this fully operational Falcon 9 rocket

Enlarge / All five major versions of the Falcon 9 rocket, side by side. (credit: Trevor Mahlmann) The Falcon 9 rocket has undergone four major revisions over the last eight years, culminating in the Block 5 rocket. The initial expendable version of the rocket (v1.0) could lift about 10.5 tons to low-Earth orbit. This was […]

SpaceX has a successful second launch of its Block 5 rocket

Enlarge / The Block 5 variant of the Falcon 9 rocket, on the launchpad, with its Telstar 19V payload. (credit: SpaceX) Update: At the top of its launch window, the Falcon 9 rocket took off early Sunday at 1:50am ET (05:50 UTC) and lofted its large satellite payload into geostationary transfer orbit. Meanwhile, the first […]

Trump reportedly plans on gifting Kim Jong Un a CD featuring Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ song

David Lachapelle Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly plans on gifting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un an Elton John CD featuring the song “Rocket Man.” Trump reportedly wrote a message on the CD and signed it. Trump’s inspiration for the gift reportedly stemmed from a conversation he had with Kim during their June summit in […]

The final launch of SpaceX’s Block 4 rocket looked stunning

Enlarge / The sunrise launch of SpaceX’s CRS-15 mission was spectacular. (credit: SpaceX) On Friday, SpaceX launched its final Block 4 version of the Falcon 9 rocket, and it did so during the pre-dawn hours along the Florida coast. Sunrise and sunset launches are always a playground for photographers and especially so for the talented Trevor […]

Japan’s latest chance at private rocket launch ends in flames

Japan’s hopes for a thriving private spaceflight industry have been dashed once again. Interstellar Technologies’ second attempt at a rocket launch has ended in spectacular fashion, with its 33-foot MOMO-2 vehicle crashing (and bursting into flames) just moments after liftoff. The company put on a brave face with word that the launch facility remained intact […]

Fortnite Rocket Launch: Crack in the sky emerges as missile fails to land on the map

Epic Games decided to do something a little different today by giving fans the chance to watch an in-game event live. While some may have missed out because of waiting in queue errors and other problems, a large group of players managed to tune in. Players flocked to Twitch and booted up their own copies […]