Spaceflight Vehicles

Meet the vehicles - current and historic - that take us to orbit and keep us there.


Booster Reuse

Tracking Reusable Rocket Boosters

We track each and every flight of all reusable boosters, from SpaceX to Blue Origin - and anyone else who decides to join the reusable rocket movement. Each and every flight of every reusable booster is meticulously tracked to ensure the history of reuse is available for all.

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Space Stations

History and Future of Space Stations

The first space station was Salyut 1, which was launched by the Soviet Union on April 19, 1971. Since then the technology we use and experiments we conduct in orbit has improved greatly. The Space Stations of the future may span the Solar System enabling us to reach further then our ancestors could imagine.

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Spacecraft

To the Moon and Back

While its true that simply getting to orbit is difficult - it is far more difficult to keep crew safe in space. Since the Moon race we've designed, built and flown many times of crewed Spacecraft from small pods to large space planes the reaches of human creativity and ingenuity knows no bounds.

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Launch Vehicles

How We Get To Orbit

Learn all about the vehicles that take us to orbit - from our humble beginnings as a space faring civilization to the modern era of cost effective reusability.

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Spaceflight News


Spaceflight Now

Watch the static fire of the Falcon 9 being readied for Starli...

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NASA Spaceflight

SpaceX finally fires up Falcon 9 ahead of Starlink mission

After a three-month halt in orbital launches for SpaceX, the company has begun making a return to launch action, this...

Spaceflight Now

SpaceX to reuse payload fairing for first time on Nov. 11 launch

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Teslarati

SpaceX begins Starship launch mount installation at historic P...

At the same time as SpaceX’s Boca Chica, Texas team is working around the clock to prepare Starship Mk1 for several m...

Spaceflight Now

ULA begins stacking unique Atlas 5 rocket for Starliner test f...

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Photos: Antares rocket lifts offs on space station cargo mission

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Long March 4
Success
1 week ago
Gaofen-12
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...


PSLV-XL
Success
1 week, 1 day ago
Cartosat-3 & others
Satish Dhawan Space Centre Second Launch Pad - Sriharikota, Republic of India

Cartosat-3 is an advanced remote sensing satellite with high resolution imaging capability developed by ISRO. It's designed as a follow-on to the C...


Ariane 5 ECA
Success
1 week, 1 day ago
TIBA-1 & Inmarsat-5 F5 (Global Xpress-5)
Ariane Launch Area 3 - Kourou, French Guiana

TIBA-1 is a geostationary communications satellite for the Government of Egypt developed jointly by Thales Alenia Space (TAS) and Airbus. TAS, the ...


Soyuz 2-1v
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Kosmos 2542
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

This is a military inspector satellite, capable of monitoring other satellites in orbit. Its payload also allows for Earth observation activities.


Long March 3B / YZ-1
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Beidou-3 M21 & M22
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

These two satellites will be used to provide global navigation coverage as part of the Chinese Beidou (Compass) satellite navigation system.


Kuaizhou
Success
2 weeks, 4 days ago
Kuaizhou
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Long March 6
Success
3 weeks, 1 day ago
Ningxia 1 (x5)
Unknown Pad - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Ningxia 1 is a constellation of remote sensing satellites developed by Dongfanghong Satellite Co., Ltd.


Kuaizhou
Success
3 weeks, 1 day ago
Jilin-1-02A
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Jilin-1 is a series of Chinese commercial remote sensing satellites.


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
3 weeks, 3 days ago
Starlink 1
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system. Since the demo launch of...


Long March 3
Success
1 month ago
Beidou-3 IGSO-3
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Beidou is a Chinese satellite navigation system. Beidou-3 IGSO-3 is another addition to the part of the constellation consisting of satellites in a...


Long March 4
Success
1 month ago
Gaofen-7
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...


Antares 230+
Success
1 month ago
Cygnus CRS NG-12
Launch Area 0 A - Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

This is the 13th planned flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 12th flight to the International Space Station und...


SARGE
Failure
1 month, 1 week ago
SARGE Launch 4
Vertical Launch Area - Spaceport America, NM, USA

The 4th launch of EXOS Aerospace's reusable launch vehicle.


Long March 3
Success
1 month, 2 weeks ago
TJS-4 (TJSW-4)
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

TJS-4 is a geosynchronous satellite which is used for multi-band and high-rate satellite communication technology verification.


Electron
Success
1 month, 2 weeks ago
As The Crow Flies
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

Encapsulated in Electron's fairing will be a single spacecraft for Astro Digital, a California-based satellite manufacturer and operator. The Landm...