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 […]

NASA-contracted Soviet-derived spaceplane Dream Chaser makes successful glide test (PHOTOS)

Published time: 13 Nov, 2017 11:03 The Dream Chaser spacecraft made a “beautiful flight and landing” during a second glide test on Saturday, according to its producer, Sierra Nevada Corporation. The cargo-carrying spaceplane is expected to supply the ISS for NASA. The engineering test article (ETA) was lifted by a helicopter sky-crane and released from […]

China’s secretive spaceplane may launch in 2020

Enlarge / Chinese Premier Li Keqiang inspects the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation in Beijing on April 27, 2017. (credit: Xinhua/Xie Huanchi via Getty Images) There have been rumors about China’s development of a spaceplane for the better part of a decade, but now the vehicle has a tentative launch date. According to a […]

DARPA & Boeing begin construction of futuristic ‘Spaceplane’ (VIDEO)

The Pentagon’s research and development agency has announced they are one step closer to building an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that will allow for cheaper, more reliable, fully automated space travel as early as 2020. On Wednesday, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced that Boeing will continue to work with them […]