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

Russia launches geostationary weather satellite

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SpaceNews

Diving and driving on icy moons: One strategy for exploring En...

Over the past 60 years, NASA has explored the solar system from the sun to the Kuiper belt. While many of these missi...

SpaceNews

Air Force rolls out red carpet, credit card to attract small b...

David Shahady, who directs the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Tran...

NASA mission to track near Earth objects takes shape

Spaceflight Now

China’s Long March 5 rocket poised for crucial return-to-fligh...

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NASA Spaceflight

Rokot conducts final launch – carries three Gonets-M satellite...

Russia’s Rokot/Briz-KM rocket has made its final launch Friday, with an early-morning liftoff from the Plesetsk Cosmo...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
4 days, 22 hours ago
Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

When the Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket reaches Max-Q (maximum dynamic forces), the launch abort system of the Crew Dragon spacecraft will be triggered. ...


Ariane 5 ECA
Success
1 week ago
Eutelsat Konnect & GSAT-30
Ariane Launch Area 3 - Kourou, French Guiana

Eutelsat Konnect is an all-electric, Ka-band geostationary communications satellite built by Thales Alenia Space for Eutelsat. It will provide broa...


Kuaizhou
Success
1 week, 1 day ago
Kuaizhou
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Long March 2D
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Long March 2D
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Long March 3
Success
2 weeks, 2 days ago
TJS-5 (TJSW-5)
Unknown - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

TJS-5 is a geostationary communications satellite. It offers satellite communication, television and broadcasting services, while also verifying h...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Starlink 2
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.


Long March 5
Success
4 weeks ago
Shijian 20
Wenchang - Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Shijian 20 is an experimental geostationary communications satellite. This is also a return-to-flight launch for Long March 5 after a July 2017 fai...


Rokot / Briz-KM
Success
4 weeks ago
Gonets-M24, Gonets-M25, Gonets-M26 & Blits-M
133/3 (133L) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Gonets-M are an upgraded version of Gonets satellites, derived from military communications system Strela-3. Gonets-M constellation is tasked with...


Proton-M
Success
1 month ago
Elektro-L No.3
81/24 (81P) - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Elektro-L is a series of meteorological satellites developed for the Russian Federal Space Agency by NPO Lavochkin. They are designed to capture re...


Atlas V N22
Success
1 month ago
CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test (Uncrewed)
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

This is the first test flight of Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station. Although Atlas V and Centaur upper stage successfully put...


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

On April 24, 2015, China and Brazil have signed the agreement for the construction of CBERS-4A. It's a third satellite in the continuity to the CBE...


Soyuz 2.1B
Success
1 month, 1 week ago
CSG-1, CHEOPS, & others
Soyuz Launch Complex - Kourou, French Guiana

The COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation satellite (CSG-1) is an Earth observation spacecraft featuring state-of-the-art technologies and engineering sol...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
1 month, 1 week ago
JCSAT-18/KACIFIC-1
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

JCSAT-18/KACIFIC-1 is a joint high-throughput communications satellite for Sky Perfect JSAT Corp. of Japan and a Singapore telecommunications compa...


Long March 3B / YZ-1
Success
1 month, 1 week ago
Beidou-3 M19 & M20
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - 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.


New Shepard
Success
1 month, 1 week ago
NS-12
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch - Corn Ranch, USA

The 12th flight of New Shepard will contain commercial payloads and postcards from the nonprofit organisation 'Club for the Future'.