Rocket Report: Rogozin’s crazy promise, SpaceX tests Mars engine, SLS slips

Enlarge / The might Delta IV Heavy rocket takes to the skies. (credit: Aurich Lawson/United Launch Alliance) Welcome to Edition 1.35 of the Rocket Report! The leader of Russia’s space program, Dmitry Rogozin, has promised his president that the country can double its launch total this year. And if you believe that, well, we’ve got […]

This massive rocket creates a fireball as it launches, and that’s by design

About five seconds before liftoff, fire consumes the Delta IV Heavy rocket cores. [credit: United Launch Alliance ] Anyone who watched the launch of United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy rocket on Saturday was treated to an up-close view of the liftoff. This vantage point, showing the three-core rocket taking off beneath blue skies, offered […]

‘Shame on Boeing’: Elon Musk hails Russian-made rocket engine’s design as ‘brilliant’

SpaceX founder Elon Musk praised the Russian-built RD-180 rocket engine for looking awesome but said his bitter rivals Lockheed and Boeing ought to be ashamed of using it during their launches. The eccentric tech billionaire said a few nice words about the RD-180 on Twitter, while mocking his competitors at the same time. “It’s embarrassing […]

ULA chief Tory Bruno on competing with Blue Origin, SpaceX rocket landings

Enlarge / Jeff Bezos (right), the founder of Blue Origin and Amazon.com, and Tory Bruno, CEO of United Launch Alliance, display the BE-4 rocket engine during a press conference in 2014. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images) In part one of our interview with United Launch Alliance Chief Executive Tory Bruno, we talked about the company’s efforts […]

Rocket Report: Firefly to the Moon, SpaceX makes a splash, H3 nets a customer

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson/United Launch Alliance) Welcome to Edition 1.28 of the Rocket Report! Lots of news this week, and much of it good, with Stratolaunch reaching an important test, Firefly winning a sweet contract from NASA, and the H3 getting its first commercial flight. All in all, a nice week in launch. As always, […]

SpaceX will attempt to fly the same rocket for the third time Sunday

SpaceX Sunday’s launch attempt of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, with a primary launch window from 1:32pm ET (18:32 UTC) to 2pm ET (19:00 UTC), is significant for a number of reasons. For one, this will be the company’s 19th launch of 2018, and if successful, it will break […]

Rocket Report: Russia’s nuclear rocket, airspace wars, BFR changes explained

Enlarge (credit: Rocket Lab) Welcome to Edition 1.27 of the Rocket Report! After a week off for Thanksgiving break, we’re chock full of news about rockets and engines from around the world—some of which seem fanciful, and some of which are real developments. As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don’t want to […]

Superhero Bits: Fox Pushing ‘Deadpool 2’ for Best Picture, Rocket and Groot Series Rumor & More

How many Academy Awards categories is Deadpool 2 by vying for this season? When will the Aquaman soundtrack be released? Want to see some alternate designs for the Batmobile in the universe in which Titans takes place? Will Rocket Raccoon and Groot get their own series on Disney+? How much of Aquaman will be presented […]

You Can See a NASA Rocket Launch From the East Coast Tomorrow

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Kazakhstan chooses SpaceX over a Russian rocket for satellite launch

Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches in September 2018. (credit: SpaceX) The first satellite launched into orbit, Sputnik, launched from a spaceport in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Central Asian country was then a Soviet republic. Later, the first human to fly into space, Yuri Gagarin, also launched from Kazakhstan. Today, despite its independence, this spaceport […]