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

Two commercial broadcast satellites launched on Ariane 5 rocket

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NASA

NASA Invites Media to Renaming Ceremony for West Virginia Facility

Media are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday, July 2, celebrating the renaming of NASA’s Kat...

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European space mission to get close-up view of new comet

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NASA

Media Invited to See Progress on NASA’s Space Launch System ...

Media are invited to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans at 9:30 a.m. CDT Friday, June 28, to view progre...

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Russian Proton-M tasked deploying Spektr-RG observatory delayed to July

Russia’s Proton-M rocket will have to wait until July 12 to launch the Spektr-RG observatory. Proton was expected to ...

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Russia postpones launch of X-ray astronomy mission

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Recent Launches
Soyuz
12 hours, 51 minutes
Soyuz MS-13 - Success

Soyuz MS-13 begins expedition 60 by carrying NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launch to the ...

Saturn V
4 days, 15 hours
Apollo 11 - 50th Anniversary - In Flight

Relive the historic launch of Apollo 11 with NASA TV and Apollo in Real Time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of humanities first voyage to the lunar surface. Apollo 11 was commanded by Neil Ar...

Proton-M
1 week
Spektr-RG - Success

Spektr-RG is a joint Russian-German observatory-class mission. It is intented to study the interplanetary magnetic field, galaxies and black holes.

Vega
1 week, 3 days
Falcon Eye 1 - Failure

Falcon Eye 1 is a high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates. Built by Airbus Defense and Space with an optical imaging payload from Thales Alenia Space, Falcon Eye 1 is t...

Soyuz 2-1v
1 week, 3 days
Kosmos 2535, Kosmos 2536, Kosmos 2537, Kosmos 2538 - Success

Four satellites in the interests of the Ministry of Defense of Russia.

Soyuz 2.1B
2 weeks, 1 day
Meteor-M №2-2 & rideshare payloads - Success

This is the fourth spacecraft in the Russian Meteor-M series of remote sensing satellites. Weighing about 2750 kg, it is intended to gather hydrometeorological data from sun-synchronous orbit. This...

Orion Abort Test Booster
2 weeks, 4 days
Ascent Abort-2 - Success

Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) is a scheduled test of the Launch Abort System (LAS) of NASA's Orion spacecraft.

SARGE
3 weeks
SARGE Launch 3 - Partial Failure

The 3rd launch of EXOS Aerospace's reusable launch vehicle. Failed during ascent due to what appears to be a gimbal issue. Sarge 1 glided steering its parachute and landed safely on the ground af...

Electron
3 weeks, 1 day
Make It Rain - Success

Rideshare mission for Spaceflight. Electron will launch seven spacecraft, including a commercial Earth-observing microsatellite for BlackSky, two CubeSats for U.S. Special Operations Command, a pai...

Falcon Heavy
3 weeks, 4 days
STP-2 - Success

The STP-2 payload is composed of 25 small spacecraft. Included is COSMIC-2 constellation to provide radio occultation data, along with 8 cubesat nanosatellites. Other payloads include LightSail ca...

Long March 3
3 weeks, 5 days
Beidou-3 IGSO-2 - Success

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

Ariane 5 ECA
1 month
Eutelsat 7C & AT&T T-16 - Success

Eutelsat 7C is based on an all-electric propulsion version of the SSL-1300 satellite platform. Equipped with 44 operational Ku-band transponders, the new satellite will be copositioned with Eutelsa...

Falcon 9 Block 5
1 month, 1 week
RADARSAT Constellation - Success

The Radarsat Constellation Mission is a follow-on project to RADARSAT-2 currently developed by MDA. The constellation will consist of a fleet of three spacecraft, and be both complementary and a fo...

Long March 11
1 month, 2 weeks
Jilin-1 & others - Success

The first sea launch of Long March 11 rocket. It carries 7 satellites, which include a new high-resolution Earth observation satellite Jilin-1 and several test satellites, verifying such technologi...

Proton-M Briz-M
1 month, 3 weeks
Yamal-601 - Success

Yamal-601 is a geostationary communications satellite for Gazprom Space Systems.