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


NASA Spaceflight

NASA selects potential small-scale astrophysics missions, Hubble…

The Hubble Space Telescope has successfully measured the highly eccentric and distant orbit of an exoplanet circling a …

NASA

Celebrate the Perseverance Rover Landing With NASA's Student Cha…

The rover touches down on the Red Planet next month, and students are invited to join the excitement by designing, buil…

SpaceNews

ESA director general to retire early

The outgoing director general of the European Space agency announced Jan. 8 that he will step down at the end of Februa…

SpaceNews

NASA selects four small astrophysics missions for study

NASA has selected four small astrophysics missions for further study, although the agency cautions that not all may ult…

SpaceNews

FCC grants permission for polar launch of Starlink satellites

The FCC will allow SpaceX to launch 10 Starlink satellites into polar orbit on an upcoming mission, but deferred a deci…

Spaceflight Now

China to begin construction of space station this year

If you would like to see more articles like this please support our coverage of the space program by becoming a Spacefl…


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
3 days, 3 hours ago
Starlink 17
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

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


Starship Prototype
Success
3 days, 12 hours ago
10 km Flight
Launch Pad A - SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA

The SN10 Starship performed a test flight similar to SN8 and SN9. It launched up to an altitude of 10 km or 33,000 ft, did a belly flop maneuver foll…


Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M
Success
1 week ago
Arktika-M No.1
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Arktika-M ("Arctic-M") is a series of Earh observation satellites which will gather meteorological and hydrological data on polar region. Arktika-M s…


PSLV-DL
Success
1 week ago
Amazonia & 18 others
Satish Dhawan Space Centre First Launch Pad - Sriharikota, Republic of India

Amazonia 1 is a Brazilian optical Earth observation satellite of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). This satellite will further streng…


Long March 4C
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Long March 4C
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Antares 230+
Success
2 weeks ago
Cygnus CRS-2 NG-15 (S.S. Katherine Johnson)
Launch Area 0 A - Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

This is the 15th planned flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 14th flight to the International Space Station under…


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Starlink 19
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.


Soyuz 2.1a
Success
2 weeks, 6 days ago
Progress MS-16
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

The Progress MS-16 Spacecraft will resupply the International Space Station.


Long March 3
Success
1 month ago
TJSW-6
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Alleged Chinese classified geosynchronous satellite. Payload identity uncertain.


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
1 month ago
Starlink 18
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.


Soyuz 2.1b
Success
1 month ago
Lotos-S1
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Lotos-S1 spacecraft is a part of the Liana constellation, designed for orbital electronic intelligence.


Starship Prototype
Partial Failure
1 month ago
10 km Flight
Launch Pad B - SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA

The SN9 Starship performed a first flight similar to the one of SN8. It launched up to an altitude of 10 km or 33,000 ft, did a belly flop maneuver a…


Hyperbola-1
Failure
1 month ago
Hyperbola-1
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Long March 4C
Success
1 month, 1 week ago
Long March 4C
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
1 month, 1 week ago
Transporter 1 (Dedicated SSO Rideshare)
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Transporter 1 mission is a dedicated rideshare flight to a sun-synchronous orbit with dozens of small microsatellites and nanosatellites for commerci…